Death toll climbs to 48 in California's most lethal wildfire disaster

A Butte County Sheriff Search and Rescue crew rescue animals from the Camp Fire

Skyway, one of the main roads devastated by the Camp Fire, was under evacuation order at the time of the arrest.

On Monday, President Donald Trump - at the request of state authorities - declared that a "major disaster" exists in California.

"I want to tell you, though, this is a very, very hard process", Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory L. Honea told reporters. "God Bless all of the victims and families affected".

A new fire erupted late Tuesday about 75 miles to the east in the Fontana area of San Bernardino County, but firefighters reported good progress overnight, holding the blaze to 147 acres. "If you've been up there, you also know the magnitude of the scene we're dealing with".

The next day, the Camp Fire started on her property at 6:30 a.m.

Given the severity of the destruction in Paradise and the speed at which the fire overtook people, I'm not expecting all of these people on the list to be found alive somewhere, though hopefully, some will be. As of Monday night, almost half of the evacuation centers in Chico, Oroville and nearby towns were at capacity.

"I drove through flames for about two minutes".

"We know what substances are on the site and how hazardous they are". But it added that dry conditions and steep terrain will continue to pose a challenge.

Honea had previously said 228 people were listed as missing.

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Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the devastation is so complete in some neighborhoods that "it's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there".

The National Interagency Fire Center, which is based in Boise, said the fires in California have drawn resources from 14 states, including Alaska and South Dakota.

Aviva Braun of the National Weather Service said the air will remain dry this week and that the prospects for rain are looking more promising toward the end of next week.

The home of Roger Kelton's mother-in-law was one of many caught in the Woolsey Fire's path over the weekend.

The exact number of missing was unclear, but many friends and relatives of those living in the fire zone said they had not heard from loved ones.

Together, the two fires have been blamed for 44 deaths and have consumed more than 200,000 acres of land, as of around midday Tuesday.

How did Woolsey Fire start?

As severe as California's future wildfire projections are, the report showed that scientists said the fires are already consistently surpassing projections.

Although the fire is now 35 percent contained, firefighters are still primarily focused on protecting life and structures, citing "extreme fire behavior" from the blaze that has drawn power from Santa Ana winds.

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PG&E shares have lost almost half their value since the Camp Fire broke out last week, from almost $50 last Wednesday to as low as $27 in Wednesday morning trading.

"We're in a different kind of world", he said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There was also some relief in areas where people had evacuated from the Woolsey Fire.

In its filing on Thursday with the state Public Utilities Commission, it said it had detected an outage on an electrical transmission line.

Authorities on Tuesday reported six more fatalities from the Northern California blaze, bringing the total number of dead so far to 48. The first notice came on Thursday, when investigators found the remains of five people in Paradise who were apparently trapped in their cars by the blaze.

Earlier on Tuesday, two more men were found looting and arrested into Butte County jail.

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

Before the Paradise fire, the deadliest single fire on record in California was in 1933 in Los Angeles' Griffith Park that killed 29 people.

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