The devastation was so complete in some neighborhoods that "it's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there", Honea said. "It's something I absolutely had to do", Hughes said.
Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, told CNN that he thought the tweet from the president were "reckless and insulting" to the firefighters and people being affected by the fires. So far, the fires have spread to some 400 square miles (1,040 square km) as some 8,000 firefighters are still unable to contain the inferno.
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The other major fire, in Southern California, burned through shrub land, not forest, Dennison said.
Singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" in the Manhattan borough of NY, U.S., May 7, 2018.
Both stars took to social media over the weekend to reassure fans they were safe, but neither knew whether their homes were still standing.
Gerald Butler, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke are among the A-list celebrities whose homes have been destroyed by the fires. In Southern California, where the Woolsey Fire scorched 83,275 acres, the blaze was only 10 percent contained.
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Trump's Saturday tweet was the first time the president had commented on the fires. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio also weighed in, blaming the fires on climate change .
Its death toll now equals that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California. While California officially emerged from a five-year drought last year, much of the northern two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry. Meaning: The hot dry air literally sucks the moisture out of the ground and out of vegetation.
They also told people in mandatory evacuation zones that if they hadn't left yet, they needed to.
The latest death toll was announced by Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea at an evening news conference in the nearby city of Chico after authorities located the remains of 13 additional victims from a blaze dubbed the Camp Fire.
In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner's investigators used a wire basket to sift and sort them.
Crews on the scenes of the fires are combing through blackened ruins of homes.
Jimmy Clements, who stayed at his home as the Camp Fire raged through Paradise, Calif., leans against his fence, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. "I love you more than ever", Cyrus added.
Hours after the fire broke out, residents fleeing Paradise became trapped in gridlock traffic as the fire closed in.