Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Nearly all evacuation orders have been called off for three major fires across California as dozens of wildfires throughout the West were coming under control.

A fire near the Northern California town of Oroville, which drove 4,000 people from their homes was 70 percent contained late Wednesday, allowing all residents there to return. Many of the same people had been forced to flee this spring from the possibility of major flooding from a damaged dam spillway. The blaze, which broke out Friday, has destroyed 41 homes and damaged three.

To the south in Santa Barbara County, nearly all of the 3,500 people driven from homes by two large wildfires were able to return. A 45-square-mile (115-square-kilometer) fire was 70 percent contained, allowing for all evacuations to be canceled. A few dozen homes remained under evacuation orders for the second fire in the area, burning near Lake Cachuma.

Crews were making similar progress against dozens of wildfires across the U.S. West. (AP)

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Daniel Lizardo,Victor Velasquez

Firefighters Daniel Lizardo, right, and Victor Velasquez walk in front of a fire-ravaged home July 12, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Relief was arriving after a rough stretch of wildfires all around the U.S. West, with firefighters slowly surrounding once-fierce blazes and evacuees starting to stream back home. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Smoke is illuminated by the Whittier wildfire near Santa Ynez

Smoke is illuminated by the Whittier wildfire near Santa Ynez, California, U.S. July 8, 2017. (Michael Nekrasov/Handout via Reuters)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Los Padres National Forest firefighters watch the northeast flank of the Whittier fire near Hot Spring Canyon outside Cachuma Lake, California, U.S. July 11, 2017. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire/Handout via Reuters)

Western Wildfires

This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows Rancho Alegre Outdoor School, a camp which suffered extensive damage from the Whittier fire near Santa Barbara, Calif., July 7, 2017. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Los Padres National Forest firefighters watch as helicopters work on the northeast flank of the Whittier fire near Hot Spring Canyon outside Cachuma Lake, California, U.S. July 11, 2017. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire/Handout via Reuters)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Los Padres National Forest firefighters watch as helicopters work on the northeast flank of the Whittier fire near Hot Spring Canyon outside Cachuma Lake, California, U.S. July 11, 2017. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire/Handout via Reuters)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Smoke from the Whittier fire is illuminated by the setting sun in a view from West Camino Cielo road near Santa Barbara, California, U.S. July 11, 2017. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire/Handout via Reuters)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

A car and house are engulfed in flames as the “Wall Fire” burns through a residential area in Oroville, California on July 8, 2017. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

The Whittier Fire burns through the night on July 9, 2017 near Santa Barbara, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Firefighters remove a US flag as flames from the “Wall Fire” close in on a luxury home in Oroville, California on July 8, 2017.
(Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Structures at Rancho Alegre Boy Scouts of America outdoor school are left in ruins after the Whittier Fire swept through on July 9, 2017 near Santa Barbara, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Flames and billowing afternoon smoke, caused by the officially named Whittier Fire burning in the coastal mountains, create an eerie scene along Armour Ranch Road on July 8, 2017, near Santa Ynez, California. (George Rose/Getty Images)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Flames from a wildfire consume a residence near Oroville, Calif., on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Evening winds drove the fire through several neighborhoods leveling homes in its path. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

The Whittier Fire burns through the night on July 9, 2017 near Santa Barbara, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Josh Cornelison and Sharon Reitan rest outside an evacuation shelter for people affected by a wildfire on Sunday, July 9, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. The couple lost their home as the Wall tore through a mountain community Friday. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Inmate firefighters battle a wildfire near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The fast-moving wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills destroyed structures, including homes, and led to several minor injuries, fire officials said Saturday as blazes threatened homes around California during a heat wave. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

A plane drops retardant while battling a wildfire near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The fast-moving wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills destroyed structures, including homes, and led to several minor injuries, fire officials said Saturday as blazes threatened homes around California during a heat wave. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

A stove stands in front of a structure leveled by a wildfire near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Residents were ordered to evacuate from several roads in the rural area as flames climbed tall trees. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

A firefighter sprays water as flames from a wildfire consume a residence near Oroville, Calif., on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Evening winds drove the fire through several neighborhoods leveling homes in its path. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

An animal, which survived a wildfire, grazes in a scorched corral on Sunday, July 9, 2017, near Oroville, Calif. Wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western U.S. and Canada, destroying a smattering of homes and forcing thousands to flee. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Firefighters battle a wildfire as it threatens to jump a street near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Evening winds drove the fire through several neighborhoods leveling homes in its path. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Trucks burned by a wildfire rest in a grove near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The fast-moving wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills destroyed structures, including homes, and led to several minor injuries, fire officials said Saturday as blazes threatened homes around California during a heat wave. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Firefighters battle a wildfire near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that several residents and one firefighter suffered minor injuries. Residents were ordered to evacuate from several roads in the rural area as flames climbed tall trees. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Flames from a wildfire consume an all-terrain vehicle near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Residents were ordered to evacuate from several roads in the rural area as flames climbed tall trees. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that several residents and one firefighter suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

The remains of a recreational vehicle rest in a clearing after a wildfire burned through the property on Saturday, July 8, 2017, near Oroville, Calif. The fire south of Oroville was one of more than a dozen burning in the state as firefighters worked in scorching temperatures to control unruly flames. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Firefighters battle a wildfire as it threatens to jump a road near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Evening winds drove the fire through several neighborhoods leveling homes in its path. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

A charred desk rests outside a residence after a wildfire burned through the property on Saturday, July 8, 2017, near Oroville, Calif. The fast-moving wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills destroyed structures, including homes, and led to several minor injuries, fire officials said Saturday as blazes threatened homes around California during a heat wave. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

Jim Berglund sprays water while defending his home as a wildfire approaches on Saturday, July 8, 2017, near Oroville, Calif. Although flames leveled Berglund’s barn, his home remained unscathed as the main fire head passed. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

CalFire firefighter Jake Hainey battles a wildfire near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The fire was one of more than a dozen burning in the state as firefighters worked in scorching temperatures to control unruly flames. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

CalFire firefighter Jake Hainey, left, and engineer Anna Mathiasen watch as a wildfire burns near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The fast-moving wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills destroyed structures, including homes, and led to several minor injuries, fire officials said Saturday as blazes threatened homes around California during a heat wave. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

CORRECTS TO JULY FROM JUNE – Flames from a wildfire consume a car near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Evening winds drove the fire through several neighborhoods leveling homes in its path. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires rage in sweltering California

A welcome sign rests in front of residence leveled by a wildfire Sunday, July 9, 2017, near Oroville, Calif. Wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western U.S. and Canada, destroying a smattering of homes and forcing thousands to flee. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)