These are the astonishing numbers behind the California wildfires

These are the astonishing numbers behind the California wildfires

"This week, California has experienced the most destructive fires we have seen in its history", California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Scott Jalbert said during a news conference Sunday.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea updated the confirmed fatality number Monday night - a figure that is nearly certain to spike following the blaze that last week destroyed Paradise, a town of 27,000 about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

Still, the Fresno, California, resident wasn't planning on heading to the fire area.

Authorities have requested that 100 National Guard troops join cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and anthropology teams in the grim search and recovery of human remains in the wreckage. They've been reported missing, but he doesn't know if they tried to escape or hesitated a few minutes longer than he did before fleeing Paradise, the town of 27,000 which was consumed last Thursday.

The causes of the Camp and Woolsey fires were under investigation.

High winds returned on Sunday but fell again Monday morning, with crews managing to carve containment lines around 30 percent of the Camp Fire perimeter, an area encompassing 117,000 acres of scorched, smoldering terrain. It has destroyed 6,453 homes and 260 commercial structures.

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Authorities reported two more people perished over the weekend in a separate blaze, dubbed the Woolsey Fire, that has destroyed 435 structures and displaced some 200,000 people in the mountains and foothills near Southern California's Malibu coast, west of Los Angeles.

A team from NASA has created maps using satellite data that show the areas most damaged by the ongoing Woolsey and Camp wildfires, the deadliest in the state's history. Some 52,000 people have been evacuated from the region, with more than 1,300 living in temporary shelters as smoke still blankets the area.

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.

CBS2 and KCAL9 are teaming up with the Los Angeles Rams and the United Way to help raise money for victims of the recent fires in Ventura and L.A. counties.

More than 9,300 firefighters - including many from out of state - are battling the Camp, Woolsey and Hill wildfires.

All the six victims were found in their homes. Company spokesman Jason King said, "Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, employees, contractors and the communities we serve".

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"If it was PG&E or whomever, I'm going to sue whoever was taking their stupid a- bonuses instead of taking care of what they were supposed to take care of", she said.

"Look for skulls, the big bones", one forensics worker said to others as they used metal poles and their hands to sift through ruins.

'This is so devastating that I don't really have the words to describe it, ' Brown said, saying officials would need to learn how to better prevent fires from becoming so deadly.

Both power companies say they are cooperating with state investigators. Air tankers were preparing to drop retardant in the fire's path to impede its progress, officials said.

"We're finding remains in various states", he told reporters.

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