"We just thank God every day that we were able to get out alive. Like I said, at the end of the day, it's just stuff."
9. UPSOUND: "I was always afraid to use them because I do not want to break them." Linda Matthews picks up china set which belonged to her deceased mother, a few plates unbroken
10. Pan down from Matthews looking at plates to other intact pottery she's gathered
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Matthews, Paradise resident:
"We're just looking around. We have an insurance adjuster coming on Friday and so he'll take a lot of pictures. We're just trying to assess what's here and what's not."
12. Matthews finds a 50-year-old piece of pottery she made in college
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Matthews, Paradise resident:
"There's just incredible anger and sadness and just a feeling of unreality like I'm sure 27 thousand other people felt."
14. UPSOUND: "We had two bedroom downstairs, two bathrooms downstairs, two bedrooms and a bathroom downstairs " Matthews sorts through debris among remains
15. Matthews walks by surviving human head sculpture she made years ago
16. Frank Windt points to various features that used to be in his home
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Windt, Paradise resident:
"It's just a house. It was a house (crying) We just finished remodeling it. It was beautiful."
18. Wide shot of Windt surveying remains of his home
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Windt, Paradise resident:
"I think we're going to probably relocate to Grass Valley, Nevada City, probably in an area with a little less trees than were here but not absent of trees because we love them. It wasn't meant for us to go in this fire so we're not going to let it stop us from doing what we want."
20. Frank Windt walks around perimeter of his destroyed home.
Hundreds of residents were finally allowed back into neighborhoods in the Northern California town of Paradise a month after the blaze killed at least 85 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes.
Some residents have been allowed back into nearby communities in the fire zone, but Wednesday marked the first time residents of Paradise got a firsthand look at what was left of their town of 27,000 people that was hit the hardest by the blaze.
More than 50,000 people in Paradise and the neighboring communities of Magalia and Concow were forced to quickly flee the towering, wind-driven flames that charred 240 square miles (622 square kilometers).
Authorities said 11 people were still unaccounted for in what was the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least a century.
The communities will have very limited services for the immediate future, and authorities urged returning residents to bring food, water and fuel for vehicles.
They were also warned they should not move back into homes until ash and hazardous waste have been cleared, and that rain could increase the risk of flash floods and mudslides.