- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

BELLA VISTA, Calif. (AP) - Officials have lifted evacuation orders for a fire that at one point was threatening more than a hundred homes in Northern California.

State fire spokeswoman Teresa Rea said crews were making good progress against the blaze about 15 miles northeast of Redding in Shasta County. It had burned through a little more than 2 square miles of grass, brush and oak timber as of Friday morning, but was 45 percent contained.

Rea said mandatory evacuation orders were lifted the previous afternoon, and the fire was no longer threatening any homes.

The blaze began as a vehicle fire on Wednesday and was kicked up by dry gusty winds.

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