Wildfire burning northeast of Bakersfield nearly contained after scorching 6 square miles


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A wildfire that gave a scare to a community near Yosemite National Park after whose early surges has been tamed by firefighters. Some of the more than 1,000 people who evacuated their homes have returned. (Aug. 20)

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KERNVILLE, California — The smoke is clearing from a wildfire that destroyed eight homes northeast of Bakersfield.

The U.S. Forest Service says crews continue to build lines around the blaze near Lake Isabella.

It's 72 percent contained Thursday night after scorching more than six square miles of dry brush.

Eight single-family homes and 10 outbuildings have been destroyed since the fire broke out on Monday.

The Forest Service says some 200 residents under evacuation orders have been allowed to return home, all road closures have been canceled and smoke is no longer affecting nearby communities.

To the north, a one-square-mile Madera County blaze is 90 percent contained.

The fire started Monday about 16 miles from Yosemite National Park. It destroyed a total of 47 buildings and damaged six.

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