VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - The Thomas Fire's path of destruction is fickle.
Residents allowed back into the Ondulando neighborhood of Ventura temporarily found out the hard way whether they had a place to come home to.
Some saw their homes intact between a number of homes that burned to the ground.
Mike Conner of MC and Sons Builders said he will rebuild.
In an attempt to stay positive he said, "Mama gets a new kitchen."
He was happy to see that chickens left behind made it out alive and were in a nearby tree.
He'll be staying at his daughter's home for awhile.
Damien Zegers felt lucky. His home is just fine, but he knows he won't have neighbors until they can rebuild.
The owner of Pacific and Main hair salon returned to find her backyard furniture and pool the way they had left it, but the house is rubble.
But in the ashes a sturdy bookshelf still held her scrapbooks intact.
Julie and Don Myers have a romantic story to tell. When they returned to the wreckage of their Foothill Road home they found her original wedding ring in ruins and Don got down on one knee and proposed again.
The Myers recovered a classic car and an RV during the fire on Monday night.
They are finding reasons to smile.
Meanwhile in upper Ojai convict crews worked late into Wednesday night saving homes on Gridley Road.
The wind pushed the fire through an area that locals said hasn't burned since the Wheeler Fire in 1985.