Evacuation orders lifted for fire near Yosemite

Evacuation orders lifted for fire near Yosemite
Large plumes of smoke from the Carstens Fire block the sun in the Sierra National Forest near Jerseydale, Calif., in the Mariposa area on Monday, June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/The Merced Sun-Star, Christopher Winterfeldt)

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — State fire officials say all of the remaining evacuees from a wildfire near the main route into Yosemite National Park have been allowed to return home.

Residents of about 50 homes remained under evacuation orders on Thursday, down from about 800 at the fire's peak earlier in the week. They have since been given the OK to go home.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire is now 70 percent contained, but extensive mop-up operations and patrols of the fire lines will continue.

The fire burned about 3 square miles near Mariposa. It was started by an unattended campfire that was not fully extinguished.