Karen Curzon stands in what remains of her home, which was destroyed by a wildfire in the Coffey Park neighborhood, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo: AP/Jae C. Hong)

In a scorched and leveled neighborhood on Santa Rosa’s northern edge, two dozen yellow-clad search and rescue personnel from Monterey County, Calif., sifted Saturday through the charred remains of a two-story home.

If you stood in the street in front of the house just off Mark West Springs Road and faced east, you’d see a wooded hillside; turn west, and you’d see the decimated and still-smoking rubble in a neighborhood not far from U.S. Route 101 — one of the areas struck hardest when ultra-strong winds blew what would become the Tubbs Fire into the city during the late hours Sunday night. 

This house was on the very edge of a once-dense neighborhood. Green trees sat yards from earth that was burnt and gray. 

Members of the crew gingerly sifted through the rubble, pouring shovelfuls of debris through fine grates before discarding the rest into piles ringing the foundation of the home. What didn’t immediately fall through the grate was scrutinized by hand, piece by piece, looking for anything that could be human. 

Officials from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office had announced earlier in the week that search and rescue crews had found the remains of multiple people in the area already. 

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