Crews are working to restore power and gas to the areas in Ventura hit hard by the Thomas Fire.
In Clearpoint, a hillside neighborhood west of downtown Ventura, the hardware on a flagpole clanks in the wind. A pink polka dot ribbon flutters on a mailbox, indicating the burned house behind it has been counted. It's abnormally quiet for a Saturday, days after a wall of flames destroyed dozens of homes.
"It’s eerie," says Paula Howell.
She's one of the few people still in Clearpoint. Her home survived, but those next door and across the street are piles of rubble and ash.
Howell has a plan to help her burned-out neighbors, starting with making her front lawn a help center.
"We’re gonna line this up with shovels and picks and any kind of equipment they need to sift through their homes," she says.
She also plans to distribute meals provided by a local church: "We’re all talking, communicating more now than we’ve ever done in the past."