Some of the remains consisted of fragments that most people wouldn't even notice in the ankle-deep ashes.
All told, more than 8,000 firefighters battled three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometres) in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive and gusty, blowtorch winds forecast into Monday. Kim and Kanye West evacuated from their Calabasas home.
Governor Jerry Brown asked US President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster to bolster the emergency response and help residents recover. But with the raging Camp Fire in Northern California, that's no longer an option.
But he has now extended his sympathies to those affected. The cause remained under investigation, Cal Fire said. The flames descended on Paradise so fast that many people were forced to abandon their vehicles and run for their lives down the only road through the mountain town.
The Camp Fire burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in Paradise, more structures than any other California wildfire on record.
Those who fled are desperate for information about their homes and loved ones. So far, three of the more than 3,200 firefighters deployed have been injured. In southern California, the "Woolsey Fire" engulfed parts of Thousand Oaks, where the community is still shell-shocked after a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday.
As of Sunday, the Camp Fire had blackened more than 109,000 acres at the edge of the Plumas National Forest.
The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has claimed Miley Cyrus' home, the singer announced in a series of emotional tweets on Sunday night.
The fire is said to be the third deadliest ones ever seen and has burned down the paradise lands of many.
The next day, she convinced him to come home with her when the sheriff's office told people to clear out of the parking lot due to worsening air.
In fire zones north and south, acrid smoke blanketed the sky. But officials warned that the dry conditions feeding the fire are expected to continue into the week.
Deadline reported that other celebrities had had a near escape with the Woolsey fire.
On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 101 and headed into coastal areas.
Firefighters battling fire with shovels and bulldozers, flame retardant and hoses expected wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) overnight Sunday.
Airplanes and helicopters swooped low over hills and canyons to drop loads of fire retardant and water. Officials said they expect the wind to die down by midday Monday, but there was still no rain in sight.
They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze.
The Woosley Fire, which is affecting residents in Ventura and Los Angeles, has burned through 83,275 acres and was only 10 percent contained.
What did Mr Trump say?
In a tweet on Saturday, he again accused state authorities of "gross mismanagement".
That change has impacted the ability to move firefighting resources around the state, officials said.