The Latest: All wildfire evacuees allowed to return home

PHELAN, Calif. (AP) " The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Authorities have lifted all evacuation orders for residents affected by a Southern California wildfire that drove thousands from their homes.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department made the announcement Sunday afternoon.

Residents must show proof of residency to return, and some may come back to a home without electricity as crews continue to work on restoring utilities.

About 82,000 people were ordered to leave their properties on Tuesday when the fire broke out 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

Most of those residents are returning to find their homes intact, though not all. A preliminary damage assessment found 105 homes and 216 outbuildings destroyed.

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10:25 a.m.

Fire crews continue to gain control on an arson fire that destroyed 189 homes in a Northern California town.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention said Sunday the 6-square-mile fire in Lower Lake is now 95 percent contained.

The blaze destroyed at least 300 structures, including 189 homes and eight businesses.

More than 1,200 firefighters are battling the fire that started Aug. 13 and spread to the community's downtown area and many residential neighborhoods.

Damin Pashilk, of nearby Clearlake, is charged with 14 counts of arson in connection to the Lower Lake blaze and 11 other fires dating back to July 2015.

Meanwhile, a nearly month-old blaze burning near California's scenic Big Sur is not expected to be fully contained until the end of September.

Cal Fire says the fire has destroyed 57 homes and charred 133 square miles. It is 60 percent contained.

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10:00 a.m.

More evacuation orders are being lifted for residents affected by a Southern California wildfire that drove thousands from their homes.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department announced Sunday residents in the Lytle Creek area will be allowed back to their properties.

Residents must show proof of residency to return.

At the height of the fire, some 82,000 people were under evacuation orders.

Most of those have now been allowed to return home, though a mandatory evacuation order remains in the El Cajon Valley area.

Fire spokesman Costa Dillon says that area is where the most active fire remains.

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9:35 a.m.

Firefighters are continuing to make progress against a massive Southern California wildfire that destroyed at least 105 homes.

Fire spokesman Costa Dillon said Sunday containment of the blaze about 60 miles east of Los Angeles rose to 83 percent overnight.

Dillon added that there is no active fire along the perimeters.

Several other wildfires continue to burn across the state.

The Hearst Castle in central California remains closed Sunday as a result of a wildfire burning in San Luis Obispo County.

Fire officials say that fire is burning in the opposite direction of the historic landmark and that the blaze is 35 percent contained.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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