After the flames, California recovery crews face grim search for victims

After the flames, California recovery crews face grim search for victims

"We're going to take you to jail if we find you are violating the law", Honea warned. Further south, fires have reached the beach resort of Malibu, with a "major disaster" now declared across the state.

In the wake of the devastating Camp Fire, sheriff's deputies and officials from the coroner's office have been searching charred homes that have been too hot for body-sniffing dogs.

The Woolsey Fire has burned through more than 80,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of buildings. I love you Malibu.

The Camp Fire started last Thursday morning, growing explosively and forcing panicked evacuations. By the end of its first day, it had essentially destroyed the town of Paradise, which had a population of over 26,000 people. As of Monday night, almost half of the evacuation centers in Chico, Oroville and nearby towns were at capacity.

Fire behavior specialist at Cal Fire Jonathan Pangburn says the blaze was active all night long and jumped 300-feet (90-meters) across a portion of Lake Oroville at least three times.

Gaga also thanked the firefighters who were working to keep the fires at bay. But it added that dry conditions and steep terrain will continue to pose a challenge.

While the Peak Fire may have been contained, Southern California is still being burned by both the Woolsey Fire, which has burned over 96,000 acres, and the Hill Fire, which has burned 4,500 acres.

The Woolsey Fire has destroyed 435 structures including the 100-year-old Paramount Ranch where HBO's "Westworld" and other popular television shows and movies were filmed. A National Weather Service meteorologist noted that rains weren't expected to come to the area until Thanksgiving next week.

At least 42 deaths have been reported from the "Camp Fire" in Butte County and another two from the "Woolsey Fire", north of Los Angeles.

And things will likely get worse in the coming days.

As for what caused the two deadly fires, that remains under investigation. "After that, I just ran around and put out fires". A spokeswoman for the California Public Utilities Commission tells the station that it will incorporate those reports into its investigation.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor".

GENERAL DONATIONS: Donations to fire victims can be also made through the Red Cross and the California Fire Foundation.

Of the dead, only four sets of remains have been positively identified by Butte County authorities.

The official death toll in Northern California's Camp Fire climbed to 42 on Monday as coroner and recovery teams began surveying the damage in Paradise, a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills almost entirely devoured by the inferno last week.