After electrical and telephone service was restored yesterday
afternoon, officials allowed some 300 evacuees to return to the
homes they had to leave last Saturday when the fire was detected.
While most homes were intact, 22 owners found theirs in ashes. The
fire has charred 96-hundred acres. Department of Forestry spokesman
Louis Haynes said last night the blaze is 30 percent contained and
will likely be under control in a couple of days. HAYNES :04-We're
expecting to reach containment approximately eight o'clock Friday
evening. About 27-hundred firefighters are currently at the scene
some 20 miles west of Redding. The blaze has already cost the state
three and a half million dollars. The cause is still under
investigation. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.