Some evacuation orders lifted in California wildfire areas

Some evacuations were lifted Wednesday as cooler weather gave firefighters a boost in their fight against a wildfire that is burning through bone-dry brush and threatening hundreds of structures in a remote area of California's Santa Cruz Mountains.

Mandatory evacuations were lifted for Santa Cruz County residents, but road closures remain in effect for non-residents. Evacuation orders remain in effect for neighboring Santa Clara County, where most of the 300 threatened structures are located, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The wildfire had charred more than 4 square miles and was 22 percent contained by Wednesday evening, said Cal Fire...