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Day 9: Moving Forward

Crews from Oregon working on the Poomacha in north San Diego county fire sift through the ash with their shovels looking for hot spots on Palomar Mountain. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
A firefighter is silhouetted against the smoldering ground of the Poomacha Fire. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Signs were posted at the Valley Center Incident Command Post for the Poomacha Fire thanking the fire crews. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Firefighter Craig Briscoe from the Brisbane Fire Department in Northern California has been fighting the Poomacha fire in San Diego County, now 65% contained. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Modjeska Canyon residents JoAnne Hubble, right, and Gene Corona embrace Monday, grateful their homes were saved from the Santiago fire. Fifteen homes have been destroyed in the blaze. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
An American is perched amidst the damaged caused by the Santiago fire along Modjeska Canyon Road Monday. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
After the mandatory evacuation was lifted, Modjeska Canyon residents Maureen Voehl, left, and Sasha Sills embrace after returning to the area. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Residents gather in Modjeska Canyon after the mandatory evacuation was lifted. The Orange County blaze, which has scorched 28,400 acres and destroyed 15 homes, was believed to have been started by an arsonist. A $285,000 reward is being offered to anyone who offers information that leads to a conviction. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)