A home destroyed by the Woolsey Fire is seen in Thousand Oaks, California, US November 12, 2018. Trump added in a tweet, "I am with you all the way. God Bless all of the victims and families affected".
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"In many circumstances, without rapid DNA technology, it's just such a lengthy process", says Frank DePaolo, a deputy commissioner of the New York City medical examiners' office, which has been at the forefront of the science of identifying human remains since 9/11 and is exploring how it might use a rapid DNA device. "I had an opportunity to go up there and take a look for myself".
The awful air quality from the Camp Fire has spread across Northern California, forcing the University of California at Davis to cancel classes in both Davis and Sacramento, UC Davis tweeted.
Fire crews are seen policing a street in Paradise after the worst of the fires passed (right). As of Monday night, almost half of the evacuation centers in Chico, Oroville and nearby towns were at capacity.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the fires.
The sheriff said he also has requested three portable morgue teams from the USA military, a "disaster mortuary" crew and an unspecified number of cadaver dog units to assist in the search for human remains.
But, he says, "we have more people so there is greater likelihood of people getting caught and also as communities build into what fire professionals call wild land urban interface".
Aviva Braun of the National Weather Service said the air will remain dry this week and that the prospects for rain are looking more promising toward the end of next week.
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The fires: There are now 228 people missing and 42 dead, making the Camp fire in the north even more lethal than the Griffith Park disaster of 1933.
"We were trying to move tens of thousands of people out of an area, very rapidly, with the fire coming very rapidly, and no matter what your plan is to do that, no plan will ever work 100 percent when you're dealing with that much chaos", he said.
The Woolsey and Hill fires started within 30 minutes of each other Thursday, Nov. 8.
Firefighters used a respite from strong winds on Saturday to drop fire retardants to strengthen firebreaks.
Shares in the San Francisco company plunged another 31 percent Wednesday, to $25.99. The effort includes planes that scoop water from the ocean to drop on the flames - as a video posted to Twitter showed on Monday.
"The president's message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering, as well as the men and women on the front lines", Brian K. Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters, said. PG&E had no comment on the email, and state officials said the cause of the inferno was under investigation.
The Woolsey has killed at least two people, bringing the total to 50 lives lost, damaging beach resorts including the rich-and-famous haunt of Malibu.
Utility companies Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric reported to regulators they experienced problems with transmission lines or substations in areas around the time the blazes were first reported.
The town of Paradise in Butte County in northern California has been engulfed by the deadliest wildfire in the state's history.
The lawsuit alleges that prior to the Camp Fire, PG&E began warning customers it might turn off power because of the high risk of wildfires.