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Canyon winds that spread flames across northern Los Angeles County came to the aid of firefighters by blowing the latest wildfire back on itself, easing the threat to hundreds of homes.

An 8,900-acre wildfire that burned two homes and a bridge turned into the Mojave Desert and stopped moving Wednesday.

Most residents were allowed to return to homes south of Highway 14 that were evacuated when the fire broke out Tuesday.

The fire was 30 percent contained, and county fire Capt. Dennis Cross said it was "significantly laying down" overnight after moving into the desert.

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