Hundreds Fleeing Wildfire

Allowed to Return Home

GAVIOTA, Calif. -- Hundreds of residents in Southern California evacuated from a wildfire that has burned about 7,500 acres were allowed to return to their homes Sunday night, authorities said.

The Santa Barbara County fire was about 20 percent contained and could be slowed down by a moist low-pressure system expected to drift into the region, said Barry Peckham, spokesman for the Los Padres National Forest.

The evacuation order for residents of the Hollister Ranch community was lifted Sunday night and a roughly three-mile-long stretch of Highway 101 partially reopened after an earlier closure, Peckham said.

He said one home was destroyed and three outbuildings have been damaged. Two oil refineries were threatened, but undamaged. The fire also damaged train trestles owned by Union Pacific Railway between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

There were no reports of injuries.

U.S. to Search for 2 Pilots

Killed in China in 1952

LOUISVILLE -- A team of U.S. investigators will travel to China to search for the remains of two CIA pilots killed 50 years ago when their plane was shot down on a secret mission to pick up an anti-communist Chinese agent.

Two years ago, the U.S. military announced that investigators had found aircraft wreckage at a site where a villager said he saw the C-47 go down after being struck by Chinese gunfire. No human remains were found then, so investigators are returning to look for evidence of Robert C. Snoddy of Eugene, Ore., and Norman A. Schwartz of Louisville.

In November 1952, Schwartz was flying near the North Korean border in the region formerly known as Manchuria to pick up a Chinese agent when the plane was shot down. Snoddy and Schwartz were killed, and CIA agents John T. Downey and Richard G. Fecteau were captured and held for two decades in Chinese prisons until President Richard M. Nixon publicly acknowledged they were CIA officers.

After Mix-Up, Vietnam War

Casualty Gets New Burial

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Marine killed in Vietnam at age 18 was finally laid to rest here Saturday, ending a decades-old mix-up.

Lance Cpl. Kenneth Plumadore died in 1967 while defending a Marine outpost near Con Thien. Plumadore's remains were confused with those of Cpl. William Berry and were buried in California. In 1994, the military realized that it had made a mistake.

Plumadore's sister, Patricia Plumadore, 58, fought for decades to identify her brother's remains. When she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in August, she decided it was time to bring her brother home.

Two hours after he was buried with military honors at the Onondaga County Veterans Cemetery, she died of cancer.

-- From News Services