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CA wildfire evacuees return home

Firefighters contain fires while faith-based organizations helped children, families cope

BY ZACHARY HOFFMAN | BALTIMORE | October 9, 2009

All mandatory evacuations were lifted for areas affected by the Sheep Fire in San Bernardino County, California. Residents of Lone Pine Canyons, Swarthout and Wrightwood began returning home when restrictions were lifted on Wednesday.

The Sheep Fire started Saturday, October 4, and consumed just over 7,000 acres of land; the fire is now 85 percent contained. There were five structures, including one residence, and multiple vehicles destroyed during the blaze.

The Church of the Brethren’s Children’s Disaster Services provided childcare to evacuees from areas affected by the Sheep Fire.

At its peak, the fire came within three tenths of a mile of homes in the Wrightwood community, but firefighters managed to control fire lines and prevent the fire from damaging residences in the area.

Small wildfires continue to burn in some western states, but higher moisture content and cooler temperatures has helped firefighters contain hot spots and prevent further spread.


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