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The Latest: California officials lift some fire evacuations

July 4, 2018

GUINDA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in the western United States (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

Crews battling a Northern California wildfire that’s threatening nearly 1,400 buildings are hoping to take advantage of cooler weather to tackle the flames.

Fire spokesman Israel Pinzon says Wednesday is expected to be the coolest day of the week, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees lower than the triple digits that firefighters have faced.

Roughly 2,500 people had been forced from their homes. Pinzon says officials lifted some mandatory evacuations Tuesday night, though he didn’t know how many people were allowed to return home.

The fire has burned through about 129 square miles (334 square kilometers) in rural counties northwest of Sacramento. It is 25 percent contained.

No structures have been damaged or destroyed.

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10:20 a.m.

A southern Colorado wildfire that has destroyed more than 100 homes is still growing.

Officials said Wednesday that the fire has burned 147 square miles (381 square kilometers) since it began June 27.

Officials estimated that the fire about 205 miles (330 kilometers) southwest of Denver is still just 5 percent contained.

They say preventing the fire from spreading further south toward the small mountain town of Cuchara is a priority Wednesday.

Crews are watching for small fires inside neighborhoods as unpredictable winds persist. Nearly 1,000 firefighters are in the area.

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8:45 a.m.

Crews are making progress against a Northern California wildfire that threatens hundreds of buildings but say wind and dry vegetation could still fuel the blaze.

California officials said the fire in rural counties northwest of Sacramento was 25 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. That’s up from 15 percent the previous day.

It has burned through 129 square miles (334 square kilometers) after igniting Saturday. Some areas have been under evacuation orders for days.

It’s among the massive wildfires burning in the Western United States and putting some Fourth of July plans on hold.

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