Thousands of firefighters were still searching for bodies among the smouldering ruins, and more than 200 people remained unaccounted for.
Ten search teams were working in Paradise - a town of 27,000 that was engulfed by flames Thursday - and in surrounding communities in Northern California's Sierra Nevada foothills. Honea said the county consulted anthropologists from California State University at Chico because, in some cases, investigators have been able to recover only bones and bone fragments.
Megan James of Newfoundland, Canada, searched via Twitter from the other side of the continent for information about her aunt and uncle, whose house in Paradise burned down and whose vehicles were still there.
All told, more 8,000 firefighters statewide were battling wildfires that destroyed more than 7,000 structures and scorched more than 325 square miles (840 square kilometers), the flames feeding on dry brush and driven by blowtorch winds. Jerry Brown made during last year's Thomas Fire, Lorenzen said extreme fire conditions were "kind of the new normal", thanks to climate change.
"It's a time to pull together and work through these tragedies".
Sir Rod Stewart has taken to Twitter to blast Donald Trump over his "accusatory" tweet about the Californian wildfires. He even threatened to withhold federal funds, and understandably many were very critical of what he had to say.
The National Weather Service has issued a "red flag" alert warning of "extremely critical" weather conducive to the spread of fire through Tuesday, with especially high winds expected in mountainous areas.
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Malibu and other beach communities have been evacuated too, and residents that haven't left yet have been urged to do so. Jan McGregor, 81, got back to his small two-bedroom home in Paradise with the help of his firefighter grandson.
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He knows friends and family are still being reunited with missing loved ones, but he said his unease grows every day.
By early afternoon, one of the two black hearses stationed in Paradise had picked up another set of remains. "You could feel the heat coming in through the auto", she told CNN.
Malibu residents in nearby mountains were slowly learning whether their homes had been spared or reduced to ash. That fire and one in southern California have killed at least 31 people.
Entire neighbourhoods were levelled, destroying more than 6700 buildings, nearly all of them homes, and the business district was destroyed by a blaze that threatened to explode again with the same fury that largely incinerated the foothill town.
The Camp Fire on Sunday stood at 173 square miles (450 square kilometres) and was 25 per cent contained, but Cal Fire spokesman Bill Murphy warned that gusty winds predicted into Monday morning could spark "explosive fire behaviour".
Statewide, 150,000 people have been displaced as more than 8,000 fire crews battle wildfires that have scorched almost 1,040 square kilometres of land, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive.