Californians who fled fire reflect after losing everything

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Lisa Kermode, second from right, and her children, from left, Damien, Lola and Michael, pose outside the ruins of their home after a wildfire swept through Ventura, Calif., Tuesday. They were home Monday night when Lisa started to smell smoke and her phone buzzed with an alert, urging residents to evacuate. “Within an hour, it was here,” she said. “We left. We grabbed nothing,” she said Tuesday. “We lost everything.”

VENTURA, Calif. — They had run for their lives by the thousands when the devastating wildfires raced across a huge swath of brush-covered Southern California hillsides, and they had survived.