The 42 confirmed fatalities marked the highest death toll in history from a single California wildfire, Honea said, far surpassing the previous record of 29 lives lost in 1933 from the Griffith Park blaze in Los Angeles.
More than 5,000 firefighters are still battling the blaze that charred 195 square miles since it started Thursday.
They were among the first victims identified in the aftermath of the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California history, an inferno blamed for at least 48 deaths, with authorities ramping up the search Tuesday for still more souls.
Search teams in Butte County have recovered the remains of 29 people; a lot of them were found inside burned-out homes in and around the town of Paradise, or in cars that were overwhelmed by fire as locals desperately tried to outrun the fast-moving flames.
Below are before and after images from Paradise showing the level of devastation the town has suffered.
The "Woolsey Fire" on the southern end of the state has devoured mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal town of Malibu.
Treasures from Paradise, an antique store, is destroyed after the Camp Fire blazes through town.
Crews have managed to carve containment lines around 30 percent of the Camp Fire perimeter, an area encompassing 117,000 acres of scorched, smoldering terrain. Authorities said they were bringing in cadaver dogs, two portable morgue units from the military and an additional 160 search and rescue personnel to help find human remains.
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Bush said Thursday was her day off, so she planned to sleep in and do some chores around the house.
"What I will say is we are very early in our efforts", the sheriff told reporters.
"A lot of people up and down California have lost everything", he said. "He would want to be remembered for being a San Franciscan through and through".
Trump initially tweeted, "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor".
"We're starting to get a handle on this fire", said Captain Brian McGrath of the Ventura County Fire Department in an online briefing.
California Governor Jerry Brown said he expects the fires could be worse in the years to come.
The cause of the Woolsey Fire has not yet been determined and is still under investigation.