The search for remains of victims in the charred ruins of the northern California town of Paradise was set to intensify on Wednesday, while firefighters stepped up their almost week-long efforts to contain the state's deadliest-ever wildfire.
"I am with you all the way", the president tweeted.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said Wednesday the blaze has charred 210 square miles (544 square kilometers) and that it is one-third contained.
"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.
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Authorities on Tuesday reported six more fatalities from the Northern California blaze, bringing the total number of dead so far to 48. "Because I know the toll it takes on loved ones". It broke out south of the Camp Fire in Ventura County.
The area has not seen such a firestorm since the Old Topanga fire of 1993. I've been here since 1963 in Malibu but when the fire storm came over the hill here and it was about 60 miles an hour plus, it turned pitch black when the fire storm came over. Authorities say the downed power lines, busted gas lines and melted roads could endanger them. Damage assessments were continuing, with crews having to gain access to canyon areas on foot.
Crews are working with cadaver dogs and a rapid DNA analysis system in and around Paradise, a town of 27,000 people where in the span of a few days a rapidly moving fire destroyed more than 7,000 homes. Overall, 10 sets of remains were found in Paradise and three in neighboring Concow.
The sheriff said he also has requested three portable morgue teams from the USA military, a "disaster mortuary" crew and an unspecified number of cadaver dog units to assist in the search for human remains.
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"We are not fully out of the woods yet", Cal Fire officials told reporters Tuesday, noting the areas affected by the Camp fire were still "extraordinarily dry" and "quite ready for continued fire growth".
Full information about evacuations and road closures is listed on the Cal Fire pages for the Camp fire and the Woolsey fire. Containment remains the same as it was Tuesday night, at 35 percent.
The number of homes and other structures destroyed stood at 435 but that number was expected to rise. Tuesday, accusing the utility of negligence and blaming it for the fire.
The latest weather forecast for California said that the conditions were improving, promising strong winds that would progressively weaken on Wednesday and Thursday, but some mountains regions would remain under critical fire risk.
Aerial video from Sky5 showed large flames burning along a brush-covered hillside.
"We don't specifically have a time frame", said Cal Fire incident commander Todd Durham.
The "Woolsey Fire", which also began on Thursday, has razed 97,114 acres and has been 40 percent contained.
On Monday, the California Public Utilities Commissions (CPUC) announced investigations into PG&E and another electric company, Southern California Edison (SCE).