SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Protesters at the Occupy San Francisco movement have significantly cut back on the number of the tents at their encampment, reducing tensions of a possible raid on the encampment.

Mohammed Nuru, director of the city’s Department of Public Works and Barbara Garcia, head of the city’s Health Department, toured the encampment just before sunset on Thursday.

They noted that many tents and tarps had been taken down, with Nuru saying there was “significant improvement” at the encampment.

Mayor Ed Lee had previously warned that police would move in if sanitation problems continued and the camp spread to other areas.

Protesters said the city had given them a 4 p.m. deadline to reduce the number of tents from 200 to 100. City officials did not say how many tents remained, but an Associated Press reporter estimated it was less than 100.

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