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Evacuees return home after blazing fire

Two wildfires, collectively called the Wye fire, erupted near-simultaneously Sunday just east of the intersection of Highways 20 and 53 in Clearlake Oaks and near Walker Ridge Road about eight miles farther east.

Hundreds of eastern Lake County residents forced to evacuate their homes as a wildfire raged through dry, heat-soaked terrain were allowed to return home Monday night, 28 hours after the fires started, Cal Fire officials said.

Two wildfires, collectively called the Wye fire, erupted near-simultaneously Sunday just east of the intersection of Highways 20 and 53 in Clearlake Oaks and near Walker Ridge Road about eight miles farther east. By 7 p.m. Monday, they had burned a total of about 6,000 acres of mostly rural grass, oak and timber land northeast of Clear Lake.

The cause of both fires remained under investigation, including whether they were intentionally set.