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Jul 4, 2014 11:11 PM by Associated Press

California wildfire stops 4th celebrations

JULIAN, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire that destroyed two homes has left a Southern California mountain town without its popular Fourth of July celebrations. But the blaze near the historic gold mining town of Julian in San Diego County was tame on Friday, bringing no new destruction, threats or evacuations.

The fire that broke out Thursday has consumed 217 acres. But containment is up to 70 percent contained, and the hundreds forced to evacuate have all been allowed to return.

Still, the lingering threat of the fire and the need to use roads for the firefight forced the city to take the year off from its festive Fourth of July celebration. The event usually draws 3,000 to 5,000 people.

In rural Napa County, firefighters held a blaze that broke out Tuesday at about 6 square miles Friday. They increased containment to 65 percent.

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