California wildfire now 75 percent contained

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — Diminishing winds have helped California firefighters surround 75 percent of a wildfire in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Fire spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman said Tuesday there was no overnight growth of the blaze near Lake Isabella, northeast of Bakersfield.

Late Monday residents were told they could return to some 1,000 mountain homes.

Three houses have been destroyed by fire, which has charred more than 4 square miles of trees and brush in and adjacent to Sequoia National Forest.

Chipman says calmer winds have allowed firefighters to make significant progress.

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