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Officials now say residents evacuated during Big Sur wildfire may return

Officials now say all of the 100 or so residents forced to evacuate during a wildfire in Central California's Big Sur region have now been allowed back into their homes.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Tyson Navarro confirms that the evacuations and road closures were lifted last night, though Pfeiffer Road and Sycamore Road will be open only to residents.

Earlier Tuesday, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Mike Rivera said 34 homes were destroyed in the fire, 12 more than originally estimated.

The updated figure was the result of a more aggressive assessment of the damaged area. One property had more homes than originally thought.

The unusual late fall fire burned more than 1.4 square miles in the Los Padres National Forest.

About 180 firefighters remained on the scene.

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