Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Mariposa (CA) Fire Evacuation Order Lifted

Hundreds of Mariposa County (CA) residents are returning to their Sierra Nevada foothill homes now that firefighters have stopped the forward progress of the 1,600-acre Carstens Fire burning about 35 miles west of Yosemite, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.

Cool temperatures and high humidity on Tuesday aided the 1,200 firefighters working on the blaze near Midpines, state fire officials said. The wildfire is now 40 percent contained.

Of the 1,500 residents ordered to leave their homes, 1,000 were allowed to return Tuesday night. Another 500 will be able to return in the coming days. No homes or outbuildings have been destroyed by the blaze, but one firefighter suffered a moderate injury while working on the fire line.

Investigators believe the fire started Sunday afternoon when an unattended campfire lit dry grass and vegetation.

Mike Morgan, who was told to leave his home early Monday, said he was confident firefighters will soon fully contain the fire.

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