Death toll in California's Camp Fire now 48

Watch a wildfire nip at a highway in surreal video from California

Watch a wildfire nip at a highway in surreal video from California

At least 44 deaths have been reported so far from the late-season wildfires and with hundreds of people unaccounted for the toll is likely to rise, as thousands of tired firefighters waged a pitched battle against the deadliest infernos in California's history.

"One of the hardest parts of this particular job is to provide you with an update on the recovery of human remains", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters on Tuesday. The discoveries bring the death toll in the Camp Fire to 48.

The Ventura fire Captain said that "Woolsey Fire" in the south which has burnt more than 39,000 hectares and destroyed at least 435 structures, has been 40 percent contained but "there are numerous hotspots".

Honea revealed that among he has around 30 staff members "who are personally affected by this fire, having been evacuated from their homes, and in some cases, having lost their homes".

"I love that he shared his gift of music with me and so many others during his lifetime", Loo told KTVU-TV.

He has reported that 228 were still missing but they are hoping to produce a list of missing persons soon and ask the public's help to determine if it accurate.

Another official said fighting the fire "is a passion and a calling - it's not a job for us".

The Butte County Sheriff's office said they had recovered the body of Carl Wiley, a former worker for Michelin tires.

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Volunteers cooked meals, and there was a large bulletin board with information about missing people. Then, she called her husband, who urged her to run, she said.

Ernest Foss, 63, moved to Paradise eight years ago when the high cost of living pushed him from the San Francisco Bay Area, his daughter said.

The "Woolsey Fire", which also began on Thursday, has razed 37,900 hectares including the 100-year-old Paramount Ranch where HBO's "Westworld" and other popular television shows and movies were filmed. He was described as a "tireless provider, a dependable and loyal friend, a considerate neighbor, and loving father" who "will be sorely missed by all who knew him".

The Camp Fire now ranks as the deadliest and most destructive fire on record in California's history.

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.

The fires: There are now 228 people missing and 42 dead, making the Camp fire in the north even more lethal than the Griffith Park disaster of 1933.

Firefighters put out a red weather alert late in Southern California on Sunday, fearing high Santa Ana winds could reach up to 50 miles per hour and keep fanning the flames into Tuesday, making things worse before they get better. He said the state is doing everything possible to prevent fires, but "some things only God can do".

PG&E Corp, which operates in northern California, and Edison International, the owner of Southern California Edison Company, have reported to regulators that they experienced problems with transmission lines or substations in areas where fires were reported, just before or close to the time they started.

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