The fire that ravaged the rural town of Paradise, California, has killed 48 people, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters late Tuesday. I want to recover as many remains as we possibly can, as soon as we can.
Embers blow in the wind as a Camp Fire burns a KFC restaurant on November 8, 2018 in Paradise, California.
Another two deaths occurred in a separate blaze near Malibu, the Woolsey Fire, bringing the casualty count to 44 statewide.
News reports said the wildfire has threatened the homes of many celebrities, including Guillermo del Toro, Alyssa Milano, Will Smith, James Woods, Orlando Bloom, Melissa Etheridge, Cher and Pink.
As firefighters continue to battle flames, there are more clues as to what may have started what is now the deadliest blaze in state history.
Full information about evacuations and road closures is listed on the Cal Fire pages for the Camp fire and the Woolsey fire.More news: Liverpool vs Fulham: Silky Virgil van Dijk nutmegs for fun
To the south, Woolsey Fire has blackened almost 94,000 acres and was also 30 percent contained as of Monday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). A Red Flag Warning remained in effect for Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Tuesday.
Trump had earlier earned the ire of state officials with a claim that "gross mismanagement" of forestry in the state was responsible for the damage.
"In many circumstances, without rapid DNA technology, it's just such a lengthy process", says Frank DePaolo, a deputy commissioner of the New York City medical examiners' office, which has been at the forefront of the science of identifying human remains since 9/11 and is exploring how it might use a rapid DNA device. "And unfortunately, the best science is telling us that dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they're going to intensify".
California Governor Jerry Brown unequivocally blamed climate change for the devastation.
Ernest Foss, 63, was a musician who had moved to the town of Paradise from San Francisco eight years ago.
Over the weekend, the Woolsey Fire engulfed parts of Thousand Oaks, where a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday. More than 300,000 California residents have had to flee their homes.