Strong winds have been fueling California’s deadly fires as search-and-rescue teams begin the grim task of searching for bodies among the ashes.
Winds of up to 40mph (64km/h) are expected throughout Tuesday in the state’s south, where the Woolsey Fire is threatening some 57,000 homes.
Firefighters in the north are still battling the Camp Fire, which has left at least 42 people dead.
Meanwhile, two new fires began in the south on Monday.
They started within minutes of each other. The smaller of the two has since been put out, news agency Reuters reports.
In the north, the Camp Fire, which has destroyed almost 7,200 homes, surpassed the 1933 Griffith Park disaster to become the deadliest in California’s history after 13 more bodies were found, bringing the total killed to 42. The earlier tragedy left 31 dead.
Many more people are said to be unaccounted for, with coroner-led search teams preparing to comb the largely incinerated town of Paradise on Tuesday.
Three portable morgue, as well as specialist dog units, forensic anthropologists and a “disaster mortuary” have been requested to help with the operation, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters on Monday.
The Woolsey Fire has so far killed two people as it damaged beach resorts including Malibu, a favourite with the rich and famous.
More than 300,000 locals have been forced to flee their homes across California.
US President Donald Trump has declared a “major disaster” in the state, making federal aid available to affected residents.
What’s the latest on the Camp Fire?
Paradise and its surrounding areas bore the brunt of the Camp Fire – the largest blaze – which started in a nearby forest on Thursday.
Some bodies were found in gutted cars that were overrun by the fast-moving fire, as residents scrambled to evacuate overnight.
Sorrell Bobrink, a Paradise resident who managed to drive away with her child, told BBC World Service radio she was first woken up and alerted by a phone call from a friend.
She described the scene as “exactly like any apocalyptic movie I have ever seen” and said she did not know if she was driving towards death or out of harm’s way as the sky blackened.
“I had to drive through the fire – it was awful. It was probably the most awful experience I will have in my life,” she told the Newsday programme.
“It was traumatising, we will be traumatised for a long time. My whole community was traumatised – I can’t watch the videos anymore because I actually went through it.”
Many of the victims are believed to have been elderly residents or people with mobility issues who would find evacuating more difficult.
Forensic experts are stepping up their search in the ruins of Paradise, but officials warn that finding the bodies could take weeks.
Dogs are being brought in by local police to try and locate the dead, and two mobile army morgues will be used to help identify them.
The fire has burned more than 111,000 acres (45,000 hectares) and is nearly 25% contained, fire officials said.