More evacuees were expected to return home on Tuesday in Northern California where the state's deadliest wildfires have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes.
Officials said they expected the death toll to rise as 88 people were unaccounted for in Sonoma County alone and search-and-rescue teams combed through gutted homes looking for bodies.
Lighter winds have allowed the 11,000 firefighters battling the flames, which have consumed more than 213,000 acres (86,200 hectares), to gain control of two of the deadliest fires in wine country's Napa and Sonoma counties.
The Tubbs fire was 75 percent contained and the Atlas fire 70 percent contained on Monday night, said Cal Fire, the state's firefighting agency, which was hopeful the blazes would be fully contained by Friday.
Tens of thousands of people who fled the flames in Sonoma County and elsewhere have been allowed to return home, with about 40,000 still displaced.
Daniel Mufson, 74, a retired pharmaceutical executive and one of the scores of Napa Valley residents who lost their homes in the fires, described his sense of bewilderment.
"Now we're just trying to figure out what the next steps are. Were staying with friends, and dealing with the issues of dealing with insurance companies and getting things cleaned up," Mufson, president of a community-activist coalition called Napa Vision 2050, told Reuters.