It is the most destructive fire in state history.
And the death toll, which could rise, also makes it one of the deadliest.
Sheriff's investigators have begun the agonizing task of scouring through the wreckage of California's most destructive fire on record in search of the dead.
The fire hopscotched around the Oak Park neighborhood of 70-year-old Bill Bengston, leaving most houses untouched.
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 neighborhoods.
"I'm also under a dark emotional cloud". Your mother's somewhere and you don't know where she's at.
Caitlyn Jenner posted an Instagram video on Friday, saying she had evacuated to a safe house but wasn't sure what had become of her residence in the Malibu hills. Officials hope numerous elderly on the list simply are elsewhere without cellphones or away to contact loved ones.
In addition to the nine confirmed fatalities, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said in a press briefing Saturday, 14 more bodies have been found, bringing the total dead to 23 in the north of the state.
Gov. Jerry Brown said California is requesting aid from the Trump administration.
Trump tweeted Saturday that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California".
"Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests", he wrote.
"The magnitude of destruction we have seen is really unbelievable and heartbreaking, and our hearts go to everybody who has been affected by this", said California Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci. "And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we're now witnessing, and will continue to witness in the coming years".
The fire was burning an area of about 4,500 acres on Saturday, as firefighters increased the containment level to 25 percent.
Red flag warnings will return in the evening, McLean said, marking strong winds and dropping humidity. Only two wildfires have claimed more lives in California, the most recent more than a quarter-century ago. 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. "And I don't know if my grandparents' home is standing", he said.
Flames also besieged Thousand Oaks, the Southern California city in mourning over the massacre of 12 people in a shooting rampage at a country music bar Wednesday night.
"In some cases, the only remains were able to recover are bones or bone fragments", Honea said.
The blaze destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes.
Saturday brought a break in the fierce winds that have whipped the three major wildfires but officials said the gusts will be back on Sunday and most evacuation orders remain in place.
The howling Santa Ana winds fueled the Woolsey Fire.
Some 228 people are still unaccounted for, Honea said, while another 137 people have been located after friends or relatives reported being unable to contact them.
California emerged from a five-year drought last year but has had a very dry 2018.
One of the Northern California fire's victims was an ailing woman whose body was found in bed in a burned-out house in Concow, near Paradise.
The fire consumed their home, but left the barn intact. But she said she always feared a wildfire since she moved there 15 years ago, especially during recent years in which there's been nearly no rain.
Selsky reported from Salem, Oregon.