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(LOS ANGELES) — Overnight weather conditions Saturday night into Sunday helped contain a massive wildfire burning in a basin near a Southern California dam that had forced the evacuations of about 300 homes.

The fire in the Prado Dam Flood Control Basin, which ignited about 6 p.m. local time Saturday, burned 300 acres as of Sunday morning, according to Capt. Mike Mohler of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. But weather overnight improved containment, allowing officials to lift the evacuation order.

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Mohler said 800 firefighters worked overnight to contain the fire but struggled to reach it.

Mohler said there had been no injuries or building damage, but he said the fire had come within a half a mile of some homes.

“It’s going to take days, even up to weeks to mop this fire up,” Mohler warned, “Because of those thick fuels and the type of conditions we’re under due to the drought.” The area currently ablaze “hasn’t burned in decades,” Mohler added.

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