"We have found bodies almost completely intact, and we have found bodies that were nothing more than ash and bones", the sheriff said.
The 22 fires, many out of control, spanned more than 265 square miles as the inferno entered its fourth day.
The time to come up with an escape plan with your family is now, not when wildfire season starts. His executive order directs federal agencies, notably the Labor Department, to relax rules on coverage and benefits under smaller businesses that band together to buy insurance as an association and short-term insurance plans.
"We are literally looking at explosive vegetation", Pimlott said. As the fires grow, officials voiced concern that separate blazes would merge into even larger infernos.
Over the past two years, he replaced the siding and installed a new air conditioner, stainless steel appliances, and new flooring. Countless emergency vehicles hurried toward the flames, sirens blaring, as evacuees sped away after jamming possessions into their cars and filling their gas tanks.
The most lethal wildfire event in California's history has killed people while they sleep in their beds and prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of residents, warning anyone deciding to wait it out: "You are on your own".
Officials said at least 8,000 firefighters and other personnel are battling the inferno, and resources are still pouring in from Oregon, Nevada, Washington and Arizona.
Michael Kaiser, vice president of Wine America, a national wine trade organization, says it's too early to say how badly the wildfires will impact the wine crop.
Local animal shelters, which are helping people keep their pets safe, also need financial support: Humane Society of Sonoma County: sonomahumane.org, Humane Society of Napa County: napahumane.org, and Yuba-Sutter SPCA: yubasutterspca.org.
John Van Dyke, standing in his pyjamas near the 101 Freeway in Santa Rosa, watched a hillside in flames from the Tubbs fire.
In Southern California, cooler weather and moist ocean air helped firefighters gain ground against a wildfire that has scorched nearly 14 square miles.
Fires were "burning faster than firefighters can run, in some situations", Emergency Operations Director Mark Ghilarducci said.
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