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Calistoga lifts mandatory evacuation order

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A Northern California city beloved for its mud baths and mineral spas has lifted a mandatory evacuation order in place since Wednesday.

The 5,000 residents of Calistoga will be allowed back in at 2 p.m. Sunday as conditions improve and firefighters turn a corner in battling weeklong blazes in Northern California.

They hadn't been allowed in since the order was implemented, leaving the usually bustling city a smoky ghost town.

The Napa County spot is a favorite of day-trippers seeking relaxation and its famous mud baths.

Authorities called for hurried evacuations early Wednesday when winds shifted, threatening homes and businesses in Calistoga.

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