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Evacuations lifted as progress made against fires in US West

Western Wildfires
Posted at 3:47 AM, Aug 02, 2021

BLY, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters in Oregon reported good progress in the battle against the nation’s largest wildfire, while authorities canceled evacuation orders near a major blaze in Northern California and another in Hawaii.

Containment of the Bootleg Fire in remote southern Oregon is up to 84% late Sunday.

It was 56% contained a day earlier.

The blaze has scorched 646 square miles. California’s Dixie Fire covered nearly 388 square miles in mountains where 45 homes and other buildings have been destroyed.

On Hawaii's Big Island, a fire nearly 63 square miles in size forced mandatory evacuations Sunday afternoon.

Those orders were lifted later in the day.