Calif. fire nearly contained, 5 homes spared

Shirley Knight, center, helps her neighbors, Walter and Sally Robba evacuate their pets from their home in Redding, Calif. on July 5, 2012. Andreas Fuhrmann,AP Photo/The Record Searchlight

(AP) REDDING, Calif. - Authorities say a 1,200-acre wildfire near Redding in Northern California is now 60 percent contained after destroying two outbuildings and damaging five homes.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant on Friday says about 1,000 firefighters are battling a blaze they expect to contain by Saturday.

Berlant says evacuation orders for 80 homes were lifted Friday at about 5 p.m. The evacuations were for neighborhoods in southwest Redding and the Happy Valley area.

Some roads in the area remain closed.

The fire was first reported at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Berlant says the fire moved swiftly due to dry weather conditions.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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