California residents return to find homes destroyed

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KELSEYVILLE, Calif. -- Starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, hundreds of people lined up around a track at the local high school football stadium in Kelseyville, California.

Everyone was vying for a police escort into burned out areas. Carolyn Compton waited for more than an hour. She told CBS News she didn't know whether her house was still standing.

Compton lives on Cobb Mountain which is one of the first areas engulfed by the valley fire that started last Saturday.

Betty Curtice and her husband of 37 years, Emory, saw their retirement home in ashes for the first time. The only thing left standing is the chimney, and Tuesday they searched desperately for their cat named "Toes."

On Saturday they had ten minutes to get out -- and today, fifteen minutes to survey the damage.

Ferocious wildfire flames tear through NorCal... 02:55

"It's just devastating, what else you going to say," Betty Curtice told CBS News.

More than 800 people are sheltered at the Napa County fairgrounds.

The only death confirmed by these fast moving fires was retired teacher Barbara McWilliams. She was 72 and suffering from multiple sclerosis. Jennifer Hitson was her caregiver.

"She did not understand the magnitude of it," Hitson told CBS News. "I knew she was going to be stuck and had no way of getting out."