Some evacuations lifted as firefighters in California battle Rim Fire near Yosemite

Updated 11:58 AM EDT, Fri August 30, 2013

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The Rim Fire, which has burned nearly 200,000 acres, is 32% contained

It's the fifth largest wildfire in California's history

The blaze has cost the state more than $39 million to date

Forest Service chief says firefighting will continue for weeks

CNN —  

It was a rare bright spot on an otherwise hazy, smoke-filled horizon.

As firefighters worked to get a grip on one of the largest wildfires in California’s history, an evacuation advisory was lifted Thursday for residents in Tuolumne City, a picturesque community threatened by the blaze.

In a further sign of progress, authorities also withdrew similar advisories for two other northern California communities close to the flames, Soulsbyville and Willow Springs.

Known as the Rim Fire, the conflagration has charred nearly 200,000 acres, cost the state more than $39 million to date and is threatening 5,500 structures, of which 4,500 are residences.