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Evacuation orders lifted for California wildfire zone

Posted at 11:48 AM, Jul 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-04 14:48:53-04

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted in a Northern California county after a wildfire threatened about 500 homes and other buildings, authorities said Monday.

The Nevada County sheriff's office said the warnings related to the Rices Fire were lifted early Monday. Residents were urged to be careful when returning to the area because of potential damage.

The fire broke out last Tuesday near the Yuba River and destroyed 5 homes and 8 other structures, fire officials said.

It began with a burning building and the flames spread to nearby dry vegetation in the rural area northeast of Sacramento about halfway between the state Capitol and the Nevada border.

The fire has burned about 900 acres (366 hectares) and is 65% contained. It is expected to be fully contained on Tuesday, officials said.