Published: Jun 04, 2013 12:00 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 04, 2013 12:10 AM EDT

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Nearly 3,000 people forced to evacuate a Southern California wildfire are being allowed back to their homes - but in some cases, there's no home to return to.
    
Gregg Johnson left his home Saturday with his wife and 12-year-old son. All that's left of the two-story residence overlooking Lake Hughes is black twisted metal and ashes.
    
The fire's destructive path left charred hillsides over more than 46 square miles in northern Los Angeles County. The Powerhouse Fire, as it's called, is reported 40 percent contained, after doubling in size over the weekend and spreading rapidly. Full containment is expected in a week.
    
One small community remains under a mandatory evacuation order as of Monday evening.