H-VENTURA COUNTY

Apr 9, 2013 5:04 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Residents allowed home after winds fan wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ventura County fire officials say residents who were forced to flee ahead of a wind-driven wildfire in Southern California can return home.

Capt. Mike Lindbery says evacuation orders for about 80 homes were lifted early Tuesday as crews made gains on the fire in Fillmore, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Lindbery says cooler overnight temperatures, higher humidity and calmer winds helped firefighters beat back the blaze and allowed them to set up a perimeter.

He says enough progress had been made that officials felt confident in letting residents return.

The fire destroyed two homes on Monday after a windy storm system swept through the state and fanned flames.

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