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    California firefighters arrive to assist local fire personnel in a battle against a wild fire Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in San Diego. Wildfires destroyed a home and forced the evacuation of several others Tuesday in California as a high-pressure system brought unseasonable heat and gusty winds to a parched state that should be in the middle of its rainy season. (AP Photo)

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    A lone tree stands in the path of approaching flames as wild fire burns through a canyon Tuesday in San Diego.

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    Billowing smoke rises from flames as firefighters begin the trek up the hills to battle a wild fire, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in San Diego. Wildfires destroyed a home and forced the evacuation of several others Tuesday in California as a high-pressure system brought unseasonable heat and gusty winds to a parched state that should be in the middle of its rainy season. (AP Photo)

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    Firefighters watch from a ridge as a helicopter drops retardant on a out-of- control wild fire Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo)

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    A helicopter attacks a wild fire burning Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in San Diego. Wildfires destroyed a home and forced the evacuation of several others Tuesday in California as a high-pressure system brought unseasonable heat and gusty winds to a parched state that should be in the middle of its rainy season. (AP Photo)

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    Quinn Kobelak, 20, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, found a shady spot, in a tree, to make a call outside the state Treasury Building while visiting Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Temperatures for the day are expected to reach the mid-90's and expected to reach record high temperatures later in the week.(AP Photo/)

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    Los Angeles City Street Services Field Engineering Aide, Winston Chu drinks cold water as his crew paves streets under a heat wave in the Beverlywood neighborhood in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May, 13, 2014. An unseasonable spring heat wave is building in California under the influence of a high pressure system that is sending air rushing towards the coast and offshore. (AP Photo/ Damian Dovarganes)

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    A helicopter attacks a wildfire burning in the north county of San Diego Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in San Diego. A high-pressure system brought unseasonable heat and gusty winds to the parched state. (AP Photo)

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    Firefighters face a huge smoke cloud as they plan their attack on a wild fire Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in San Diego. Wildfires destroyed a home and forced the evacuation of several others Tuesday in California as a high-pressure system brought unseasonable heat and gusty winds to a parched state that should be in the middle of its rainy season. (AP Photo)

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    Flames grow as a wild fire burns out-of-control in the north county area of San Diego Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in San Diego. Wildfires destroyed a home and forced the evacuation of several others Tuesday in California as a high-pressure system brought unseasonable heat and gusty winds to a parched state that should be in the middle of its rainy season. (AP Photo)

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A lone tree stands in the path of approaching flames as wild fire burns through a canyon Tuesday in San Diego.

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SAN DIEGO  — Firefighters have gained ground on a pair of California wildfires thanks to calm winds overnight but they are concerned about hot and gusty conditions forecast for the afternoon.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Lee Swanson said today a fire burning on the outskirts of San Diego is 25 percent contained and has scorched 1,550 acres.

Firefighters hope to have the blaze near upscale housing developments 50 percent contained by day’s end but they face hot, dry and gusty conditions.

Calmer winds also aided firefighters in Santa Barbara County where a 700-acre wildfire is 5 percent contained.

Evacuation orders for thousands of residents near the San Diego fire were lifted Tuesday night. Evacuation orders have also been lifted for all but a handful of homes and businesses in Santa Barbara County.

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