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Cal Fire begins sending crews home from Telegraph blaze

MARIPOSA -- Cal Fire began sending some fire crews home from the Telegraph fire this afternoon, a week after flames first broke out in Mariposa County.

The north flank of the fire, in the Stanislaus National Forest, continued to be burn Friday, but firefighters appeared to be winning the battle for containment. They were helped by the Merced River, which acted as a natural barrier to the advancing flames.

Cal Fire said the blaze, which has consumed 34,000 acres, was 60 percent contained.

Most of the fire evacuees have been allowed to return home. Of the estimated 500 people who fled their homes, as of today only 49 have not been allowed go home.