Scale of California's Deadly Camp Fire Shown in Satellite Photos

More than 8,000 firefighters in all battled three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometers) in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive and gusty, blowtorch winds starting up again.

'We never heard from them again, ' Ms Lee said.

People reported much of the community of 30,000 people has gone up in flames, including homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement centre.

The department compiled a list of 110 people unaccounted for, but officials held out hope that many were safe but had no cellphones or some other way to contact loved ones.

By Saturday night, the Camp Fire had burned 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares) and was only 20% contained.

The Camp Fire has reached 25 percent containment as high winds push it toward Lake Oroville, according to Cal Fire.

The Southern California wildfire continues to burn homes as it runs toward the sea.

The severely burned bodies were discovered in a long residential driveway on a stretch of Mulholland Highway in Malibu, where most of the surrounding structures had burned.

The lull Saturday could give firefighters a chance to control the edges of the blazes and to swap fire crews, replacing firefighters who had worked for two days without rest, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. But firefighters braced for another round of Santa Ana winds, the powerful, dry gusts that blow out of the interior toward the coast.

There are "potential areas that have not burned that can possibly have new fire if embers are thrown", he said. A quarter of a million people have been forced from their homes statewide.

California governor Jerry Brown is requesting a "major disaster declaration" from President Donald Trump for the wildfires burning at both ends of the state.

Preliminary estimates placed the number of homes destroyed at between 50 and 150.

California emerged from a five-year drought last year but has had a very dry 2018.

The bulletins from the northern part of the state were even worse.

Two people were also found dead in a wildfire in Southern California, where flames tore through Malibu mansions and working-class Los Angeles suburbs alike.

Wearing masks because the air was still heavy with smoke, people sidestepped metal that had melted off of cars or Jet-Skis as they surveyed their ravaged neighborhoods. On Friday, the source said, the entire family left in multiple cars to drive back to Oak Park, unaware they were driving directly into a massive firestorm until it was too late. Officials said two firefighters and multiple residents were injured.

"Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson tweeted that he lost his home in the fire, and Oscar victor Guillermo del Toro tweeted that his memorabilia-stuffed Bleak House might be in danger - he evacuated last night - but that "the gift of life remains". The safe was punctured with bullet holes from guns inside that went off in the scorching heat.

An unnamed survivor has filmed the moment he revisited the area in the northern town of Paradise, Butte County, where people he knew were killed.

"We have all kinds of tools to help us do this smarter, to build in a more sustainable way and to co-exist with fire", he said.