Almost a week after the worst wildfire in California's history broke out, firefighters are still battling its roaring flames, 48 people have been confirmed dead and evacuees are growing desperate.
Ernest Foss, 63, was a musician who had moved to the town of Paradise from San Francisco eight years ago.
Although President Donald Trump tweeted without evidence on Saturday that "gross mismanagement of the forests" was the reason for the "massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California", experts have pointed to high winds that helped flames spread quickly, and noted the role of climate change in the unsafe fires, reported The Mercury News.
Authorities have requested that 100 National Guard troops join cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and anthropology teams in the grim search and recovery of human remains in the wreckage.
Others escaped by driving through tunnels of smoke and fire as flames licked at their vehicles on gridlocked roads dotted with abandoned cars.
A group of three law firms representing multiple victims of the Camp Fire has filed a lawsuit against PG&E alleging negligence by the utility company and that "its inexcusable behavior contributed to the cause" of the blaze.
Thousands of the town's structures were completely destroyed in just a matter of hours as the blaze, named the Camp Fire, tore through the area. The Camp Fire, which has killed 48 people and become the deadliest wildfire in California's history, had incinerated nearly the entire town of Paradise by Monday.
In Southern California, the Woolsey and Hill fires have killed at least two people and prompted tens of thousands of evacuations.
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"This is a wind-driven event and the winds are coming back", Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Chief John Benedict said, warning residents not to shelter in place.
More than 5,600 firefighters are working to contain the blaze, while teams have been deployed to survey some of the worst-hit areas.
Authorities said on Monday evening that they found the bodies of 13 more victims, increasing the death toll from 29 tallied over the weekend.
"There was times we were laying on the ground pouring the water on ourselves so we didn't burn", Weldon, 62, said.
"It (the fire) was so fast", Dise said.
Stocks of California's two largest energy companies fell sharply on Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported, as investors anxious about where blame for the deadly fire will fall. Investigators are consulting forensic anthropologists for help in identifying the remains.
Cal Fire Captain Nick Wallingford, lead for damage inspection for the Camp Fire, says the agency's new map allows residents to check on the status of their homes in the Paradise, Concow and Magalia areas.
"I'm going to stay here until I have something more to go on", he said.
"We can't release them all at once", McMann said.
"My mom said, 'Nuh-uh, I ain't leaving.' She's 90 years old and blind", Weldon told CTV News.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and California Governor Jerry Brown were scheduled on Wednesday to pay a visit to both of the sites, which President Donald Trump declared a disaster areas, making federal emergency assistance more readily available.