The Cocos Fire is slated to go down for the count on Sunday, after scorching almost 2,000 acres of land.
Crews battling that blaze and other wildfires in Southern California expect to have it 100% contained before the day is done. And many of the other fires should meet with the same fate soon, they say.
A shift in the weather pattern has put the wind at their backs, figuratively speaking, bringing in cooler winds and moist air from the Pacific Ocean.
That means that Cocos resident Eloisa will get to return home after taking up temporary residence on a green cot in a high school gymnasium.
The Red Cross had converted it into a fire shelter and lined up dozens of the cots in uniform rows and columns. Most of them were empty, and Eloisa, who didn't give her last name, was one of the few guests left inside.
She told CNN affiliate KGTV that she is not ready to leave because of a culinary delight she tasted there.
"I don't like Mexican food, but they had something called fajitas," she said. "Oh, I came for seconds."
Good food at shelters notwithstanding, many residents have been able to return home, as crews have tamed walls of fire.
It has put a mass exodus into reverse.
In all, 176,000 notices of evacuation had been sent throughout San Diego County via cell phone calls, e-mails, text messages and calls to homes and businesses.
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