Evacuations Lifted after Los Angeles County Wildfire

Wildfire burned 650 acres



CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) — Residents of a north Los Angeles County neighborhood were back in their homes Thursday after a wildfire roared to life amid hot and dry weather.

Evacuation orders were lifted late Thursday in Castaic after the fire burned 650 acres (263 hectares), authorities said.

The National Weather Service said elevated fire danger will continue across Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to very warm and dry conditions and periods of north to northeast winds.

The entire state is warm under a ridge of high pressure.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor update released Thursday morning shows 97.5% of California is in some stage of drought. The remainder in the southwest corner of the state is in a pre-drought condition described as abnormally dry.

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