California Wildfires: Death toll rises to 40, 100 miles wide

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Evacuees fled in fear nearly a week ago, now they're ready to go back.

Tens of thousands of evacuees are getting antsy to return to homes that aren't under immediate threat. Others want to see if they still have homes to return to. (Photo: AFP)

Sonoma: Evacuees fled in fear nearly a week ago. Now they're ready to go back.

While wildfires are still burning powerfully in parts of Northern California, some of the tens of thousands of evacuees are getting antsy to return to homes that aren't under immediate threat. Others want to see if they still have homes to return to.

Read: Death toll rises to 33 in California wildfires, fire fighting ops in progress

But authorities are staying cautious in the face of blazes that have now killed at least 40 people and destroyed at least 5,700 homes.

Although some evacuees were returning home in Mendocino County, the latest estimates were that about 100,000 people were under evacuation orders as the fires burned for a sixth day.

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