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Families Salvage Treasures in the Ashes of Their Homes
California residents began the emotional return to their wildfire-ravaged neighborhoods as evacuation orders were lifted.
Heather Tiffee wipes her eyes as she looks through the remains of her parents' home after it was destroyed by the Atlas Fire on Oct. 13, 2017 in Napa, California.
The deadliest wildfires in California history have been burning for more than a week, killing at least 41 people and destroying nearly 6,000 homes. About 34,000 people remained under evacuation Tuesday, down from 40,000 on Monday.
Ben Pederson finds a school yearbook in the remains of his bedroom after his family's home was destroyed in Santa Rosa, on Oct. 11.
In the state’s wine-making region, tens of thousands of people began drifting back to their neighborhoods. Some returned to find their homes gone.
Benjamin Lasker, 16, pauses while looking at what remains of his home on Oct. 15, 2017, in Santa Rosa.
With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they have apparently "turned a corner" against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home.
A firefighter hands a safe to Julian and Lisa Corwin in the Fountaingrove neighborhood of Santa Rosa on Oct. 13. Corwin is part of a community email list and as a result of gaining entry to the area was taking requests from friends and neighbors looking for treasured items.
Ed Curzon sifts debris to salvage anything he can from the rubble of his home that was destroyed by a wildfire in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa on Oct. 15. "This is our home. This is where we grew up. This is where our kids grew up," said Curzon. "We will rebuild here."
An American flag hangs from a tree in a neighborhood destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa on Oct. 12.