Some California wildfire evacuees return home

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters in California are making significant headway against that destructive wildfire near Lake Tahoe.

Some roads into the area have been reopened and some of the people who've been chased out of their homes are being allowed back in.

Winds died down yesterday for the second day in a row and fire crews now have the 31-hundred-acre blaze about 70-percent contained.

Since it broke out last Sunday, the fire has destroyed more than 250 homes. Some 22-hundred firefighters have been on the lines, but officials are hoping to be able to dismiss about 500 of them today.

People whose homes bore the brunt of the destruction have still not been cleared to go back in. Several who tried to return yesterday by bicycle were arrested for trespassing.

One man whose family lost their house says the hardest part is not being able to at least stand there and, as he put it, "rake through our stuff."


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