As fire lines were established Sunday around 92 percent of the West Fire -- a blaze that swept through the eastern part of Alpine, a community about 30 miles east of San Diego on Interstate 8 -- the confirmed number of structures lost in the blaze jumped to 57.
The 505-acre fire destroyed 34 residential buildings, 22 outbuildings and a commercial building as of Sunday afternoon, Cal Fire San Diego said. It also damaged another 15 residential buildings and five outbuildings.
Evacuation orders were lifted in their entirety on Monday, as firefighters and government workers were able to survey the damage safely.
The blaze began about 11:15 a.m. Friday on the south side of Interstate 8, at West Willows Road, east of Alpine, according to Cleveland National Forest officials. The wind-stoked flames soon reached a "critical" rate of spread, Cal Fire reported.
On Friday, television helicopters showed large tile-roofed homes, residential trailers and small outbuildings engulfed in fire.