In California, one wildfire suppressed as another blaze grows

Authorities lifted an evacuation order for a Southern California wildfire on Sunday as a second blaze in Central California grew.

West of Santa Barbara, the inferno known as the Whittier Fire, which burned through 18,430 acres and destroyed 16 homes, had largely abated by Sunday afternoon, according to fire officials who had previously ordered evacuations shortly after the fire started on July 10.

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A look at the Mariposa, CA wildfire
MARIPOSA, CA - JULY 18: A firefighter sprays water on the Detwiler Fire on July 18, 2017 in Mariposa, California. More than 1,400 firefighters are battling the Detwiler Fire that has burned more than 25,000 acres, forced hundreds to evacuate and destroyed at least 8 structures. The fire is five percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A firefighter sprays down flames as the Detwiler fire rages on, near the town of Mariposa, California on July 18, 2017. California has suffered widespread fires in recent days, with a lighting strike near Yosemite National Park sparking a blaze that destroyed more than 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) of forest. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Flames from the Detwiler fire burn on a hill near the John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa, California, U.S., July 18, 2017. Picture taken July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Flames from the Detwiler fire burn on a hill overlooking the town of Mariposa, California, U.S., July 18, 2017. Picture taken July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Firefighter Sam Goodspeed of the Nevada City Fire Department looks towards approaching flames as the Detwiler fire rages on near the town of Mariposa, California on July 18, 2017. California has suffered widespread fires in recent days, with a lighting strike near Yosemite National Park sparking a blaze that destroyed more than 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) of forest. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters monitor flames on the side of a road as the Detwiler fire rages on near the town of Mariposa, California on July 18, 2017. California has suffered widespread fires in recent days, with a lighting strike near Yosemite National Park sparking a blaze that destroyed more than 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) of forest. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter (at top) douses flames on a tree as the Detwiler fire rages on near the town of Mariposa, California on July 18, 2017. California has suffered widespread fires in recent days, with a lighting strike near Yosemite National Park sparking a blaze that destroyed more than 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) of forest. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A real estate sign is surrounded by flames as the Detwiler fire rages on near the town of Mariposa, California on July 18, 2017. California has suffered widespread fires in recent days, with a lighting strike near Yosemite National Park sparking a blaze that destroyed more than 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) of forest. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire illuminates the scene where the remains of a burned out property are seen near the town of Mariposa, California on July 18, 2017. California has suffered widespread fires in recent days, with a lighting strike near Yosemite National Park sparking a blaze that destroyed more than 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) of forest. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
MARIPOSA, CA - JULY 18: A firefighter monitors the Detwiler Fire on July 18, 2017 in Mariposa, California. More than 1,400 firefighters are battling the Detwiler Fire that has burned more than 25,000 acres, forced hundreds to evacuate and destroyed at least 8 structures. The fire is five percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The fire had not grown for several days, and it was 87 percent contained, officials said. Personnel were on patrol to mop up and work on suppression repairs.

But north of Whittier, a second blaze continued to grow after it had burned through more than 100 buildings — including 63 homes. Called the Detwiler Fire, it has scorched 76,000 acres since it started a week ago. Several minor injuries have been reported, but no deaths.

Officials believe 40 percent of the Detwiler FIre is now contained.

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Firefighters have worked to complete and improve direct and secondary fire lines to undermine the fire's growth since Saturday night, California fire officials said. They hope to have it fully contained by the first week of August.

Nevertheless, 1,500 structures are threatened by the flames and a cause remains under investigation.

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