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Partial evacuation lifted in Northern Calif. fire

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Officials are partially lifting evacuation orders for residents who live near a wildfire in Northern California that has been burning for two weeks. Fire spokeswoman Rebecca Franco said Friday that many of evacuees living near the rugged North Pass Fire northeast of Covelo in Mendocino County have been allowed to return home.

Franco says crews continue putting out hot spots and strengthening control lines as the fire is threatening 64 homes and other 70 structures. Eleven structures have already been destroyed as the fire is now 37 percent contained.

Also, hundreds of residents in northwest Siskiyou County are hoping to return home Friday as evacuation orders remain in effect in the Goff Fire.

Fire spokesman John Calabrese said more than 600 firefighters are battling the blaze which continues to threaten about 80 homes in Seiad Valley. The fire is 28 percent contained after scorching 27 square miles.

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