Some residents return home as fire near Yosemite slows

JERSEYDALE, Calif. (AP) – Firefighters have significantly extended the coverage of a California wildfire near Yosemite National Park, allowing officials to lift some evacuation orders for residents of the remote mountain community.

As of Wednesday, the Oak Fire in Mariposa County had burned more than 29 square miles (75 square kilometers) of dry trees and brush, with 32% containment, Cal Fire said.

About 74 houses and other structures were destroyed.

Fire spokesman Chris Garcia said about 3,800 people were allowed to return to their homes starting Tuesday. About 2,200 residents are under evacuation orders.

The people of the country got a break with air support from the rising humidity and low humidity as the monsoonal monsoon moved through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada earlier this week.

“They’re making good progress,” Garcia said of firefighters working in the steep terrain.

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out Thursday in the southwest part of the park, near the town of Midpines.

California has seen more and more deadly wildfires in recent years as the climate in the West has become warmer and drier over the past 30 years. Scientists say that the weather will continue to get worse and there will be more wildfires, destructive and unpredictable.

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