Scorched cars and trailers burned by the Blue Cut fire line a residential street in Phelan, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.
Noah Berger Scorched cars and trailers burned by the Blue Cut fire line a residential street in Phelan, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

The massive wildifre toiling through Southern California has destroyed 96 more homes, adding to the thousands of California homes burned by wildfires this season.

As of Saturday, the blaze was 68% and firefighter crews are doing what they can to transition to a mop-up phase. About 7,000 people remain under mandatory evacuation orders, down from the original 82,000 people.

In the southern Sierra Nevada, another blaze feeding on dense timber in Sequoia National Forest forced the evacuation of several tiny hamlets.

Another blaze burned in Santa Barbara County and forced the evacuation of a pair of campgrounds during the height of the summer season.

In mountains north of San Francisco, a 6-square-mile blaze was 80 percent contained after destroying 300 structures, including 189 homes and eight businesses, in the working-class community of Lower Lake. All evacuation orders have been canceled.

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