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The lights were back on for more than 2 million Northern Californians on Sunday after strong winds fueling wildfire concerns prompted the state’s biggest power utility to darken hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.
In Southern California, a few dozen customers were without power as firefighters slowly gained control over fires that killed two people, destroyed dozens of homes and forced 100,000 to evacuate. The largest fire, Saddleridge, was 42% contained at 7,965 acres Sunday and all evacuation orders had been lifted.
“Aggressive suppression efforts and favorable weather conditions (have) provided opportunities to make gains in obtaining full containment,” the Los Angeles County Fire Department said in a statement. “Full extinguishment is expected.”
All five evacuation centers closed Sunday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said, and no displaced residents have requested further shelter.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, who declared a state of emergency Friday because of the fires, said Cal Fire and local firefighters doused more than 300 blazes across the state last week.
“Thank you to all of California’s firefighters working hard to keep Californians safe,” Newsom said.
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