California wildfire victims search burned homes for memories

After fleeing flames that were closing in on him 12 days ago, Donnie Steggal finally returned home Friday — and sifted through the ruins of the Northern California home where he and his wife raised their two children.

Everything in his one-story house had burned, including the 1965 Buick Wildcat that Steggal and his late father restored and kept in the garage. Steggal's wife did find a ring his grandmother had given him and he found some coins that had belonged to his great-grandmother, but that was about it.

Steggal was among residents of the small city of Santa Rosa who fled a wildfire in the dead of night with only minutes to spare. Authorities on Friday allowed back to...