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Mendocino County to let people back into their homes

A CalFire firefighter uses a hose to battle the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California.
A CalFire firefighter uses a hose to battle the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California.
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The Mendocino County Sheriff Department says people in some parts of the county can start returning to their homes around noon as the threat from deadly wildfires eases.

The sheriff's office said Sunday that safety information and protective equipment will be available for returning residents at controlled entrances.

The office said evacuation orders are being lifted, but residents should be prepared to leave if conditions change.

A Napa County is also switching into recovery mode.

Supervisor Belia Ramos said Sunday county officials expect no more evacuations.

Other authorities at Napa County's daily briefing said roads will remain closed until workers can clear them of downed trees and power poles.

A state fire spokesman said crews are making good progress fighting the deadly wildfires that started a week ago in Northern California's wine country.

Some of the area's most stubborn fires are more than 50 percent contained.

Tens of thousands of California residents have seen their lives interrupted by the deadly wildfires.

Santa Rosa Junior College student body president Batel Silimon no longer has homework looming — classes were cancelled all week.

She has bigger problems now. Her family lost their home and they are crowded into a battered recreational vehicle.

Meanwhile, the closing of most businesses has interrupted the simplest of daily routines.