Evacuations remain after wildfire chars Sierra Nevada towns

Feb 9, 2015 12:02 PM by Associated Press

Four firefighters were injured battling a wind-driven wildfire that ravaged communities along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and destroyed 40 homes.

As the fire headed into a fourth day Monday, more than 200 people were still under orders to stay away from their homes in Swall Meadows and nearby Paradise, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Liz Brown said. People whose homes were not destroyed could be allowed back in as early as Monday afternoon, Brown said. The firefighters' injuries were minor, she said.

The fire started Friday afternoon near a highway on the border of Inyo and Mono counties. It blew up when 50 to 75 mph winds whipped through wooded areas near the two communities for about three hours, Brown said. The fire is 85 percent contained and is expected to be completely out by Tuesday afternoon.

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