Search teams will fan out across the charred landscape of Paradise, California looking for human remains on Tuesday as authorities prepare for a rise in the deathcount from the state's deadliest wildfire.
At least 48 people have been killed in two wildfires burning across the state of California, leaving behind trails of destruction and scorching the homes of thousands.
The Woolsey Fire in southern California added to the state's death toll, killing two as it tore through the affluent neighbourhoods of Malibu.
A helicopter makes a water drop on the Woolsey Fire near Malibu, California.
Firefighters are now bracing for the return of the Santa Ana winds, which threaten to fuel the huge Woolsey blaze stretching from north of Los Angeles to the Pacific coast, which is at 35 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. While the fire is 35 percent contained, a cause has not been determined.
Paradise, which is home to many elderly retirees and has experienced an unusually dry fall, was virtually razed to the ground by the fast-moving "Camp Fire" blaze. She also thanked firefighters and other first responders for their work fighting the fires that have forced hundreds of thousands of evacuations and torched at least 370 homes. It has burned more than 8,800 structures, Cal Fire officials said.
"Last night firefighters continued to hold established containment lines", Cal Fire said in an update Tuesday.
Officials say more than 4,500 firefighters are on day four of their battle against the blaze.
'I'm okay, I just came from my property and it could've been worse.
The so-called Woolsey wildfires are now the deadliest in California history having already claimed 42 lives.
The Camp Fire's death toll has grown in staggering leaps. Mr. President show some compassion for the people of California and set an example of kindness for this country. In some cases, investigators have found only bone fragments.
The Camp Fire also is the most destructive in California history, and the damage figures continue to mount.