Evacuations ended as crews slow wildfire's advance

LAKE ISABELLA — Fire officials have called off evacuation orders as a fierce air and ground attack helped them slow the advance of a more than 8,100-acre forest fire in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Officials put containment at 65 percent. Full containment is expected on Sunday.

The nearly 13-square-mile fire has destroyed one home and threatens 250 more since breaking out Sunday in the Lower Kern River Canyon southwest of Lake Isabella.

Hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate earlier this week when heavy winds kicked up, pushing the flames to the southeast and closer to homes.

Officials put the cost of fighting the fire at $4.5 million

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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