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Relief. Guilt. Crushing sorrow.

Southern California's wildfires have touched down in some places like tornados -- destroying some homes while leaving others standing.

In a neighborhood littered with charred, smoldering debris, the Rancho Bernardo home of Pepe and Carolina Galmes was relatively unscathed. That left them stunned, especially because the forest behind the home was destroyed.

The house in northern San Diego County dodged the roaring Witch wildfire, the area's largest, that by Wednesday had burned 196,420 acres.

"We believed the whole day of Monday that the house was gone because when we left, the smoke alarms were going on and also there was raining fire," Carolina Galmes said. Read full article »


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