Policy: Environment & Energy

Residents return as Sierra Nevada wildfire tamed

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Photo - Heavy smoke from the Shirley Fire above Wofford Heights, Calif., is seen Sunday, June 15, 2014. By later Sunday, the fire had burned through 3.1 square miles of trees and brush in and around the Sequoia National Forest, coming within a mile of Wolford Heights, about 30 miles northeast of Bakersfield. Firefighters stopped the flames from reaching homes in Wofford Heights. Authorities have called on residents of the threatened homes to evacuate. (AP photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES;  TV OUT
Heavy smoke from the Shirley Fire above Wofford Heights, Calif., is seen Sunday, June 15, 2014. By later Sunday, the fire had burned through 3.1 square miles of trees and brush in and around the Sequoia National Forest, coming within a mile of Wolford Heights, about 30 miles northeast of Bakersfield. Firefighters stopped the flames from reaching homes in Wofford Heights. Authorities have called on residents of the threatened homes to evacuate. (AP photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT
California,Energy and Environment

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — Diminishing winds were helping California firefighters surround 75 percent of a wildfire in the southern Sierra Nevada.

There was no overnight growth of the blaze near Lake Isabella, northeast of Bakersfield, fire spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman said early Tuesday.

Late Monday, evacuation orders were lifted for some 1,000 mountain homes.

The blaze has destroyed three houses, damaged another and forced hundreds to flee their homes. At least two of the burned houses appeared to be abandoned, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.

One other home was damaged by the fire, which charred more than 4 square miles of trees and brush in and around the Sequoia National Forest and threatened power lines and communications facilities.

On Tuesday, firefighters will look to build lines all the way around the blaze, and helicopter water drops and expected calm winds could help.

The fire was 75 percent contained.

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