Residents return to Idyllwild after fire

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IDYLLWILD, Calif. — The community of Idyllwild is once again open for business, after the U.S. Forest Service lifted evacuation orders for both residents and visitors Sunday night.

A fast-moving fire near Idyllwild has burned thousands of acres since Monday afternoon. (Cal-Fire / July 16, 2013)

Over two-thirds of the Mountain Fire, which threatened the community last week, has been contained.

Highway 243 is completely open, evacuations orders have been lifted and firefighting crews have been scaled back, according to a statement from the Forest Service.

Officials emphasized that the community of Idyllwild was not damaged.

While efforts are being scaled back, 1,861 personnel will continue to fight the blaze Monday, Beyer said.


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