Burned areas in Sonoma County may be inaccessible to residents for weeks

SANTA ROSA, CA -OCTOBER 14: Troops from three California National Guard companies search through a fire-devastated neighborhood on October 14, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. At least 32 people are confirmed dead with hundreds still missing. Officials expect the death toll to rise, and now estimate that 5,700 structures have been destroyed. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SONOMA COUNTY (KRON) — State and local officials say they are trying to get people back into their homes, but they cautioned that it could take days and even weeks for neighborhoods hard hit by Northern California wildfires.

Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said it will take time to ensure that homes in burned areas are safe and free of bodies.

He says he expects to find some of the missing in homes burned down.

Earlier Monday, Sheriff officials lifted some of the mandatory evacuations in Sonoma County.

The number of evacuated people has dropped from 100,000 on Saturday to 40,000 Monday morning.

The death toll stands at 40 in the North Bay Fires.

In Sonoma County, 22 people have died and 88 people are missing.

The Kaiser hospital in Santa Rosa has partially reopened.

With the winds dying down, firefighters are making progress on containing the wildfires.

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