Evacuations lifted for California wildfire

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities have lifted evacuation orders for dozens of homes as firefighters work to stamp out a wildfire burning in a wealthy hillside enclave of Los Angeles.

The Fire Department says mandatory evacuation orders for 86 homes in the Benedict Canyon area were lifted at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The blaze is 25 percent contained.

The fire erupted Tuesday afternoon in the canyon, which is flanked by multimillion-dollar homes. Authorities say a power tool being used to clear brush sparked the blaze.

The 35-to 40-acre blaze didn’t burn any homes but two firefighters were treated, one for heat exhaustion and the other for a minor burn.

At its peak, 250 firefighters and several aircraft fought the flames.

The fire isn’t growing but firefighters will work through the night dousing hot spots.

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