BOULDER CREEK (CBS SF) – The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office lifted some evacuation orders Thursday for the Bear Fire in unincorporated Santa Cruz County.

Residents who live on Las Cumbres Road and Skyline Boulevard are cleared to return home, in addition to residences south of Bear Creek Road including Hidden Springs Lane, Moon Rise Road, Mustang Mesa and Bear Creek Way.

Residents in the areas where evacuations have been lifted can return to their homes via Bear Creek Road between state Highway 35 and Hawk Ridge Road when that portion of the road opens at noon Thursday. Residents who can find an alternate way in can return earlier, Santa Cruz County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Clark said.

The following areas are still under a mandatory evacuation order: Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road and any tributary streets from those roads.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday, the Bear Fire has burned 320 acres and is 30 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Cal Fire officials said that containment efforts have become more effective as temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 60s Thursday along with humidity ranging between 35-50 percent in the fire area. Winds are expected to be 5 mph ahead of a storm front, which will bring a chance of rain Thursday night.

Cal Fire officials said the fire has injured seven firefighters and burned four structures. There is no estimate for when full containment will be achieved.

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