"I want to tell you, though, this is a very, very hard process", Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory L. Honea told CNN. Authorities said they were bringing in cadaver dogs, two portable morgue units from the military and an additional 160 search and rescue personnel to help find human remains.
The Woolsey Fire grew to 97,620 acres as of 6 a.m. Wednesday and was 47 percent contained, according to the L.A. County Fire Department.
"The fire was so rapid, we couldn't keep ahead of it", Honea said.
California Governor Jerry Brown said he expects the fires could be worse in the years to come.
A firefighter extinguishes a hot spot in a neighborhood destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, Nov. 13, 2018.
For hours, Carmen Smith waited at a roadblock outside of Paradise hoping someone would help her get home and retrieve her husband's medicine.
The fires have forced a quarter of a million people to flee their homes and seven evacuation shelters have been set up in Butte County, three of which are already full, according to the authorities. "The fire was right there". "I had an opportunity to go up there and take a look for myself". "If you've been up there, you also know the magnitude of the scene we're dealing with".
At least 7,600 residences have been destroyed in the county along with 1,119 commercial and other structures.
The flames were so fierce that they melted metal.
California Highway Patrol Chief Brent Newman asked for the public's patience as teams clear affected areas.
A statement from the couple says they "are very grateful to be safe along with their animals". As of Tuesday, the inferno was 40% contained. That's larger than the cities of Chicago and Boston combined.
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A massive plume rose suddenly at mid-morning in the Santa Monica Mountains near the community of Lake Sherwood, prompting authorities to send numerous aircraft to drop fire retardant and water on the blaze.
"We mourn the lives of those lost and we pray for the victims", Mr Trump said.
Deputies also found a motor home that was previously reported stolen and arrested a 22-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman linked to that crime. I feel so sad for everyone though.
"I don't know, I'm lost".
SoCal Edison said the report was submitted out of an abundance of caution, and there was no indication from fire officials that its equipment may have been involved.
"We didn't have 10 minutes to get out of there", he said.
Both power companies say they are cooperating with state investigators. He said that more than 200 people were still unaccounted for. "These toxic materials are in the SSFL's soil and vegetation, and when it burns and becomes airborne in smoke and ash, there is real possibility of heightened exposure for area residents", said Dr. Robert Dodge, president of the Los Angeles-based charter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Some evacuees in Malibu, a seaside community whose residents include a number of Hollywood celebrities, were allowed to return home but were left without power or cellphone service.
"If I understand, that makes this the deadliest wildland fire in the history of the United States".
Cal Fire tweeted a map showing all the states where firefighters are coming from - including Alaska, Indiana and Georgia.
Honea said it's possible people were lulled into a false sense of security by the past success fire crews had in controlling fires that broke out in the region.