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The Latest: Evacuees return, but California wildfire rages

  • A burned home is seen near Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, Calif., Monday, July 25, 2016. A raging wildfire that forced thousands from their homes on the edge of Los Angeles continued to burn Monday as frustrated fire officials said residents reluctant to heed evacuation orders made conditions more dangerous and destructive for their neighbors. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

    A burned home is seen near Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, Calif., Monday, July 25, 2016. A raging wildfire that forced thousands from their homes on the edge of Los Angeles continued to burn Monday as frustrated fire officials said residents reluctant to heed evacuation orders made conditions more dangerous and destructive for their neighbors. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Diane McJennette is reunited with her 18 year old Corgi-Chihuahua mix Goldie, after a night at an evacuee shelter at William S. Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Monday, July 25, 2016. McJennette and her dog fled their home due to the threat from a wildfire. While McJennette slept on a cot, Goldie slept in an air conditioned trailer outside, provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. Goldie and four other dogs and three cats were cared for by officers Mireya Martinez, right, and Rebecca Leal. (AP Photo/Christopher Weber)

    Diane McJennette is reunited with her 18 year old Corgi-Chihuahua mix Goldie, after a night at an evacuee shelter at William S. Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Monday, July 25, 2016. McJennette and her dog fled their home due to the threat from a wildfire. While McJennette slept on a cot, Goldie slept in an air conditioned trailer outside, provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. Goldie and four other dogs and three cats were cared for by officers Mireya Martinez, right, and Rebecca Leal. (AP Photo/Christopher Weber)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Sunday, July 24, 2016 file photo, a helicopter makes a drop on a wildfire near Placerita Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, Calif. The smoky fire tore through drought-ravaged brush that hadn't burned in decades amid a sweltering heat wave and exploded over the weekend.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu/File)

    FILE- In this Sunday, July 24, 2016 file photo, a helicopter makes a drop on a wildfire near Placerita Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, Calif. The smoky fire tore through drought-ravaged brush that hadn't burned in decades amid a sweltering heat wave and exploded over the weekend. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu/File)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

6:05 a.m.

Crews took advantage of calmer winds and cooler temperatures overnight as they set backfires to curb the spread of a massive wildfire northwest of Los Angeles.

Most of the roughly 20,000 evacuees forced out by the blaze were cleared to go home Monday, but firefighters still have a huge job ahead. The fire, which has chewed through about 55 square miles of tinder-dry brush, is only partially contained.

Residents of two neighborhoods still under threat remain out of their homes.

Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief John Tripp says firefighters saved about 2,000 houses in the fire's first three days.

Some 300 miles to the northwest, crews made gains Monday against a blaze in the scenic Big Sur region of the Central Coast that destroyed 20 homes.