Fires Largely Under Control, SoCal Moves On, Cautiously

Winds could still flare up, officials warn
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2007 12:35 PM CDT
Edie Grape helps digs through the rubble of the wildfire-destroyed home of Judi Tyrrell and John Moros in Ramona, Calif. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Firefighters have contained most of Southern California's ferocious wildfires, and shelters emptied rapidly as evacuation orders were lifted and residents began pondering the next step. The fires had destroyed 2,813 structures and more than a half-million acres as of last night, reports the LA Times, and will go down as among the most destructive in California history.

Officials continue to urge caution: "We're looking for full control within a week, but if we get any of these winds returning a couple of spots could have a blowout," one firefighter told the AP. "We are in the recovery stage," said one woman who lost her house. "I see people moving forward."