As Crews Gain Ground, California Fire Victims Return Home

While the danger from the deadliest, most destructive cluster of blazes in California history was far from over, the smoky skies started to clear in some places.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017 7:10 AM
Updated: Oct. 30, 2017 5:38 AM

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Thousands of evacuees got the all-clear to return their homes after fire crews gained ground against devastating California wildfires.

While the danger from the deadliest, most destructive cluster of blazes in California history was far from over, the smoky skies started to clear in some places.

People were being allowed to go back home in areas no longer in harm's way.

The number of those under evacuation orders fell from nearly 100,000 down to 75,000. Those who were allowed back into gutted neighborhoods returned to assess the damage and, perhaps, see if anything was salvageable.

Nearly 11,000 firefighters were still battling 15 fires burning across a 100-mile swath of the state.

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