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Evacuation orders lifted for wildfires in San Diego County

August 17, 2012 |  9:06 am

Evacuation orders for two rural communities in a remote corner of northeast San Diego County were lifted Friday as Cal Fire reported "substantial progress" in containing blazes that have burned more than 22,000 acres.

Residents of Ranchita and San Felipe had been ordered to leave as the Vallecito Lightning Complex fire advanced. But the three smaller fires have been contained and the two larger fires are 90% and 75% contained, Cal Fire reported Friday morning.

Large animals evacuated during the height of the fires can be returned by contacting the county Department of Animal Services, Cal Fire said.

More than 1,500 firefighters are battling the blazes, which were started by lightning strikes east of Julian and west of Borrego Springs.

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