The Camp Fire burning north of Sacramento is now the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history.
Cal Fire firefighters comb through a house destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November 13, 2018.
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.
AP Photo/Noah Berge Firefighters recover the body of a Camp fire victim at the Holly Hills Mobile Estates on Wednesday in Paradise, California. There's a Go Fund Me to help people across the state affected by the fires.
It was 35% contained as of Wednesday evening, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials.
Meanwhile, a landowner near where the blaze began, Betsy Ann Cowley, said she got an email from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. the day before the fire last week telling her that crews needed to come onto her property because the utility's power lines were causing sparks.
Another two people died in the separate Woolsey Fire that has destroyed 435 structures and displaced about 200,000 people in the mountains and foothills near Southern California's Malibu coast, west of Los Angeles.
Paradise, home to some 27,000 residents, has become the ground zero for the wildfire tearing through Northern California.
Many victims in Paradise are believed to have been elderly residents or people with mobility issues who would have found evacuating more hard. Almost a week later, more than 100 people remain missing.
Two deaths were previously linked to the weeklong blaze in Ventura and Los Angeles counties that was 47 percent contained after scorching more than 152 square miles, engulfing homes, scenic canyon getaways and celebrity estates.
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More than 5,600 firefighters from other western states in the country are battling the blaze.
"We didn't have 10 minutes to get out of there", he said. "Right now, we are doing everything we can to support the communities and first responders".
The 42 confirmed fatalities marked the highest death toll in history from a single California wildfire, Honea said, far surpassing the previous record of 29 lives lost in 1933 from the Griffith Park blaze in Los Angeles.
Cal Fire Captain Nick Wallingford, lead for damage inspection for the Camp Fire, says the agency's new map allows residents to check on the status of their homes in the Paradise, Concow and Magalia areas.
"I stayed calm but I was terrified", Pierce said.
"I've been a firefighter for 20 years and I've never seen a place so destroyed", Morrow said on Wednesday.
"We're finding remains in various states", he told reporters.
"Fire statistics are not very good because they're remotely generated", he said.
On Monday, President Donald Trump - at the request of state authorities - declared that a "major disaster" exists in California.
In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner's investigators used a wire basket to sift and sort them.