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California wildfire mostly contained

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YANKEE HILL, Calif. — A forest fire that destroyed 26 homes and had forced hundreds of people to evacuate was 65 percent contained Monday, authorities said.

The fire near Lake Oroville, about 85 miles north of Sacramento, had burned across 7,850 acres by Monday.

Occupants of 400 houses evacuated on Friday were allowed to return Sunday but were warned they would have to leave if the fire threatened their homes again.

Full containment wasn't expected until Wednesday, at the earliest, for the fire that was started Thursday by a tree falling onto a power line.

It was one of eight major fires in the West on Monday that had blackened 197,000 acres in California, Montana, Idaho and Washington, the National Interagency Fire Center said.

Fire crews in Montana were mopping up a 66,800-acre fire in and near Glacier National Park. It was considered only 30 percent contained, but fire activity was confined largely to smoldering logs, Flathead National Forest officials said.

Elsewhere in California's Sierra Nevada range, a 15,000-acre blaze west of Lake Tahoe was 80 percent contained.

A fire 25 miles northwest of Yosemite National Park had blackened about 5,000 acres and was 50 percent contained Monday morning. It was moving away from residential areas, officials said.

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National Interagency Fire Center: www.nifc.gov