The fires: There are now 228 people missing and 42 dead, making the Camp fire in the north even more lethal than the Griffith Park disaster of 1933.
The remains of 13 more victims of the Camp Fire were discovered Monday, bringing the death toll to 42.
More than 200 people remain unaccounted for.
Their home, like almost all the structures in Paradise, was destroyed just moments later.
The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smouldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. The devastating Woolsey Fire has destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least two people, and the Hill Fire has scorched thousands of acres nearby.
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Some of the thousands of people forced from several communities by the huge Southern California wildfire are being allowed to return to their homes. Some went to shelters looking for them.
The "Woolsey Fire", which also began on Thursday, has razed 37,900 hectares including the 100-year-old Paramount Ranch where HBO's "Westworld" and other popular television shows and movies were filmed.
Further south, fires have reached the beach resort of Malibu, with a "major disaster" now declared across the state.
The declaration provides for federal assistance to aid state firefighting and recovery efforts in the counties of Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles.
"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. "We had asked them if they would take time off and they wouldn't do it because they were so committed to this". "Hey, I lost him a long time ago", the younger man said.
The fire stormed through Paradise, leaving behind near-total devastation.
The utility's president said earlier the company doesn't know what caused the fire, but is cooperating with the investigation by state agencies.