- Associated Press - Monday, August 10, 2015

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities lifted an evacuation order Monday for most of the 1,000 homes that were once threatened by a 10-square-mile wildfire near the Arizona-California line.

Byron Steward, emergency management coordinator for Mohave County, estimated that only 100 homes in the Topock area, located about 30 miles southeast of Bullhead City, will remain evacuated because they’re near 11 homes that were burned Saturday.

It was not immediately known whether the 11 homes were damaged or destroyed.

The fire burned within 200 yards of some of the homes that remain evacuated.

Steward said the evacuation order was lifted late Monday morning for 900 homes after crews made solid efforts in protecting them and conditions there became more favorable. Crews stopped the fire’s progress into one subdivision Sunday.



Crews removed brush around neighborhoods on Monday and stood ready to put out drifting embers. They also worked on protection lines between the fire and homes.

“What we have is holding up, and we are working to continue to hold those containment lines,” fire spokeswoman Dolores Garcia.

The fire now is 10 percent contained. It broke out Saturday morning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

Its cause is under investigation, but there was lightning in the area when the fire started.

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