California officials start grim search for the dead in blackened ruins

The twitter account for the California Professional Firefights union stated that the President "owes the men and women of the fire service an apology".

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a Saturday night community meeting in Chico that his office has taken about 120 missing persons reports.

'We never heard from them again, ' Ms Lee said.

The Camp Fire burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in Paradise, more structures than any other California wildfire on record.

"They took as much advantage as they could", he said but "with these winds, 30-40mph, it is going to cause a lot of problems".

Firefighters gained modest ground overnight against the Camp Fire, which grew slightly to 440 square kilometres from the day before but was 25 per cent contained, according to state fire agency, Cal Fire.

The Camp Fire left the mayor of Paradise, population 26,000, in shock. Crews had cut containment lines around about 20 percent of the blaze.

The blaze known as Camp Fire that began on Thursday had grown to almost 140 square miles (362 square kilometers), wiping out much of Paradise, home to some 30,000 residents.

Firefighters scrambled in the narrow window of calm to try to block the two wildfires that have blazed a path of destruction toward the sea. Many were found inside or near homes or in vehicles, officials said.

The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has hit Malibu - which is popular with celebrities - as well as the city of Thousand Oaks, which was the site of a deadly shooting at a country music bar last week.

The lull on Saturday could give firefighters a chance to control the edges of the blazes and to swap fire crews, replacing firefighters who have worked for two days without rest, Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby said. Highway 101 remained closed to both north and south from Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura Hills to Valley Circle Boulevard in Westlake Village, Caltrans District 7 reported on Saturday morning.

Firefighters pleaded with people to heed mandatory evacuation orders.

Rockers including Axl Rose and Rod Stewart slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for his response to the latest round of California forest fires.

California residents react to deadly fires that swept in and destroyed homes.

State officials put the total number of people forced from their homes at about 250,000.

The man, his wife and their two sons had evacuated Oak Park the night before, November 8, and stayed at the grandmother's house off Mulholland Highway near Malibu, the source said.

Wearing masks because the air was still heavy with smoke, people sidestepped metal that had melted off of cars or Jet-Skis as they surveyed their ravaged neighbourhoods. He ran across a few of Caddy's neighbors, but they hadn't seen her.

Jan MacGregor, 81, got back to his small two-bedroom home in Paradise with the help of his firefighter grandson. He found his home leveled - a large metal safe and pipes from his septic system the only recognizable traces. The safe was punctured with bullet holes from guns inside that went off in the scorching heat. "My hometown of Paradise is on fire. Our weather conditions out there, and our fuel conditions are absolutely right for fire ... when we ask you to leave, please leave early".

  • Kyle Peterson