Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires

SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California. Authorities have lifted evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeployed firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.

The fire in the foothills, which forced the evacuation of more than 400 homes, was 80 percent contained after burning a little less than 6 square miles. Crews discovered six more homes destroyed by the fire, bringing the total to 19.

The Yosemite fire, about 100 miles away, had burned through nearly 5 square miles and was 19 percent contained. It forced the evacuation of about 100 homes after it began on Saturday.

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APPHOTO CASM107: A plane drops fire retardant as firefighters battle a blaze in El Portal, Calif., near Yosemite National Park on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Firefighters in the state are also battling another wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento. (AP Photo/Al Golub) (29 Jul 2014)

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