Residents head back into California town leveled by wildfire

Residents head back into California town leveled by wildfire
In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 Jennifer Christensen sorts through items found in a safe at the remains of her home in Paradise, Calif. Christensen and her 2-year-old son, Avery, moved to Paradise about a year ago. Upon returning to what was once home, she found a safe with melted jewelry in it. Christensen is not sure of her future plans but feels so much loyalty to her town that she recently had a tattoo done on her upper arm that reads, "Love is thicker than smoke," and below that, "Paradise Strong." (AP Photo/Don Thompson)

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly four weeks after the devastating blaze leveled her town, Jennifer Christensen was allowed back to return to her home in Paradise, where the first thing she saw was her son’s charred tricycle in the front yard.

Christensen was among hundreds of residents who were allowed back into neighborhoods on the east side of town for the first time since the Nov. 8 blaze.

The Camp Fire killed at least 85 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes.

Christensen found a safe with melted jewelry inside. She found remnants of porcelain dolls that her mom had given her every year for Christmas. There was so much gone, she said, that could never be replaced.

The same areas will be open to the general public Thursday.