As firefighters, fire researchers, and climate scientists largely agree, mismanaged forests - which generally means wooded areas that haven't been allowed to naturally burn and reduce vulnerable vegetation - are just one part of a complex, growing wildfire problem in the U.S. Rather, today's historic wildfire woes are a confluence of weather events, human-building, climate change, and mismanaged forests.
He lived in Paradise for almost 80 years, moving there in 1939, when the town had just 3,000 people and was nicknamed Poverty Ridge.
The Butte County Sheriff says investigators discovered 14 additional bodies Saturday, three days after the fire broke out.
Pieces of bodies were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags.
By Friday evening, the fire had incinerated 6,453 homes and 260 commercial buildings in and around Paradise.
Meteorologists have warned that unsafe conditions may continue well into next week, but firefighters say they are hoping to take advantage of a temporary lull in the wind fanning the flames.
From miles around, acrid smoke could be seen in the sky around Paradise, the sun barely visible. On the ground, cars caught in the blaze were reduced to metal carcasses, while power lines were gnawed by the flames. "It completely ignores the dynamic of what's going on around us", he told the Chronicle.
Governor-elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to provide assistance to the hardest-hit areas in the fire-prone state.
The fire jumped the 101 Freeway Thursday evening, November 8, at three locations, with winds at roughly 30 miles per hour at the time.
On Saturday, firefighters warned that winds could push the fire toward Oroville, but the powerful gusts firefighters feared didn't materialize in the lower elevations, said Robert Baruffaldi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Firefighters have not managed to build containment barriers around the fire. Fire chiefs estimate it will take about three weeks to fully control the blaze.
A shortwave infrared (SWIR) satelite image of the Camp Fire in Magalia, Paradise, California, on Friday. The fire reportedly jumped the PCH around 10 p.m. Friday after crossing the 101 earlier in the day and is moving towards the Malibu Colony.
President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation.
The Camp Fire in Northern California has become the third-deadliest and the most destructive fire in state history. "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" he threatened.
Two people were found dead as a pair of wildfires stretched from inland canyons to the Pacific in Southern California on Saturday, leaving people sifting through the remains of both mansions and modest homes for anything they had left.
Malibu-which has been home to Hollywood stars including Tom Hanks and Dustin Hoffman-was evacuated after flames swept south across the Santa Monica Mountains toward the sea.
'We never heard from them again, ' Ms Lee said.
The dad replies: 'We're gonna get out, OK?
Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for more than 250,000 people across California.
Early on Saturday, flames approached Malibu's Pepperdine University, a private residential college with 7,700 students, where many remained sheltered on the main campus.
"It was a 100-foot wall of flames". ". I can tell you from our perspectives we did lose a lot of homes, but kudos to the firefighters, we also saved thousands of homes".
Actor Martin Sheen, briefly reported missing by his actor son Charlie, was also forced to evacuate. "It doesn't seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor", Kardashian West said.
Director Guillermo del Toro tweeted that Bleak House, his museum of horror movie memorabilia, was also in the path of the flames.
Preliminary estimates placed the number of homes destroyed at between 50 and 150. People are being forced to flee their homes.