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Hill Fire: 1,598 acres, 60% contained

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Evacuation orders are being lifted, effective 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, for people living near the Hill Fire.

Crews continue working to gain the upper hand on the fire burning east of Santa Margarita.

The Hill Fire was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday along Parkhill Road near Rue de Leon. Two fires were initially reported in the area and later merged into one.

By Tuesday evening, CAL FIRE estimated the blaze to have burned approximately 1,598 acres. It was 60 percent contained.

There are reports that several structures, including homes, have burned. Teams were scheduled to head out Tuesday to assess the damage. 

Sheriff's officials estimated Monday night that nearly 250 people had been evacuated from their homes. An emergency shelter was set up by the American Red Cross at Santa Margarita Elementary School. It was expected to be closed once the evacuees returned home.

Although the evacuation orders were to be lifted Tuesday evening, CAL FIRE said only residents would be allowed to return to the affected area.

Road closures were to remain in place. Highway 58 was closed from Parkhill Road to Huer Huero Road, and Parkhill Road was closed from the highway to Huer Huero Road.

An incident map released by CAL FIRE on Tuesday morning shows the fire area broken up into various divisions. Fire officials said Tuesday's focus was on Division B.

For the latest information on the Hill Fire, stay with KSBY and KSBY.com throughout the day. 


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