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IDYLLWILD, Calif. (KTLA) — Evacuation orders were lifted for residents for Idyllwild and the surrounding communities of Fern Valley and Pine Cove Sunday, after firefighters made significant progress in their battle against the Mountain Fire, authorities said.

Mother nature brought cooler temperatures, increased humidity and about 1.5 inches of rain to the area overnight, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

More rain was forecast for Sunday evening, prompting officials to issue a  flash flood watch.

After burning more than 27,000 acres in the San Jacinto Mountains, the Mountain Fire was 49 percent contained, authorities said.

The fire has burned 27,245 acres, according to the Forest Service. It was expected to be fully contained by July 26.

Fire officials said 23 structures had been destroyed by the flames, including seven homes.

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