Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea updated the confirmed fatality number Monday night - a figure that is nearly certain to spike following the blaze that last week destroyed Paradise, a town of 27,000 about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco. He said 228 people were still unaccounted for.
Firefighters are struggling to contain the biggest blazes.
It's too early to say what and who, if anyone, can be held to blame for the California fires.
Fire crews said they stopped forward progress of the flames around 1pm.
Megan James, of Newfoundland, Canada, searched via Twitter from the other side of the continent for information about her aunt and uncle, whose house in Paradise burned down and whose vehicles were still there. "I have heard that said countless times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another".
Almost 7000 homes and businesses have also been destroyed.
"It's my community, it's where I grew up".
"I'm staying hopeful", she said. "There was no question about it".
One of the most ravaged regions was in Southern California, in what many would call as the Woolsey Fire.
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The Woolsey fire has spread 85,500 acres and is now 15 percent contained.
Both fires have been whipped up by hot dry winds expected to continue through Tuesday evening, according to officials. "Our hearts are with those fighting the fires, the 52,000 who have evacuated", and the families of those who have been killed.
April took to her Instagram Story on Saturday (11.11.18) to share a photo of the front gate of their destroyed house and, alongside a crying emoji, wrote: "Our house is gone".
"This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal", Brown said. "The chickens are coming home to roost".
The majority are residents of Los Angeles County, where 170,000 have been evacuated.
The fires have displaced more than 224,000 people, officials said. Though the state's drought has eased slightly, it's still abnormally dry, according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward. "They have to have stability and economic support to get the dollars they need right now". "When you increase temperatures and make precipitation more variable, and all of the other effects we expect from climate change, you make those really extreme fires even more extreme", he said. "And today there are about 1.8 million homes at high fire risk across the Western U.S".
This isn't the first home he has lost to a California fire, he wrote in his 300-word essay. Looting has been reported in the south, where the Woolsey fire has doubled in size in the last 24 hours.
He added: "In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments". That number includes more than 7,600 homes, Cal Fire said.
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