(CNN)As firefighters race to slow down the ferocious Camp Fire before the weather turns against them, crews are combing through blackened ruins to assess damage and search for human remains.

The raging wildfire started Thursday, wiping out one California town and killing at least 23 people. Where roads and homes once stood are downed power lines, charred cars and piles of smoldering debris. Deputies carry a body away from a burned residence in Paradise, California on Saturday. Deputies carry a body away from a burned residence in Paradise, California on Saturday. Deputies carry a body away from a burned residence in Paradise, California on Saturday. It’s now the third-deadliest wildfire and the most destructive in state history. And the painstaking process of finding the missing and identifying the dead is challenging, with some of the bodies recovered burned beyond recognition. “In some cases the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments,” Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea told reporters. “I know that members of the community who are missing loved ones are anxious, and I know that the news of us recovering bodies has to be disconcerting.”The majority of the remains were found in or near the fire-ravaged town of Paradise, California. Many were found inside or near homes or in vehicles, officials said. Authorities said they have reports of 110 people still missing in the area affected by the blaze. Read MoreA trio of firesThe Camp Fire is the largest of three major fires burning at both ends of the state. In Southern California, thousands of people are still in shelters waiting until it’s safe to check on their homes. Here’s what we know about the fires: • Camp Fire: It has burned 105,000 acres and it’s 20% contained, Cal Fire said.• Woolsey and Hill Fire: Fire officials said the Woolsey Fire had spread to 83,275 acres and was 5% contained. The smaller Hill Fire was 4,531 acres and was 65% contained as of Saturday.• Massive evacuations: More than 300,000 were forced from their homes statewide, in Los Angeles County that number is 170,000. • Destruction: In Northern California, 6,453 structures have been destroyed. In Southern California, 177 structures have been lost but more than 57,000 are in danger, fire officials said. • Could the fires grow more? Maybe. The National Weather Service says strong winds and low humidity, which could help the fire spread, are expected Sunday through Monday morning. Scorched hillsides and damaged power lines are seen along the Pacific Coast Highway near Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, California, on Saturday, November 10, after the Woosley Fire tore through the area overnight. The Ventura County Fire Department said the Woolsey Fire had burned around 35,000 acres and that evacuation orders were issued for roughly 88,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.Scorched hillsides and damaged power lines are seen along the Pacific Coast Highway near Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, California, on Saturday, November 10, after the Woosley Fire tore through the area overnight. The Ventura County Fire Department said the Woolsey Fire had burned around 35,000 acres and that evacuation orders were issued for roughly 88,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaScorched hillsides and damaged power lines are seen along the Pacific Coast Highway near Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, California, on Saturday, November 10, after the Woosley Fire tore through the area overnight. The Ventura County Fire Department said the Woolsey Fire had burned around 35,000 acres and that evacuation orders were issued for roughly 88,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.Hide Caption 1 of 47A woman runs as firefighters work to control a flareup due to flying embers from the Woolsey Fire on November 10 in Calabasas, California.A woman runs as firefighters work to control a flareup due to flying embers from the Woolsey Fire on November 10 in Calabasas, California. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA woman runs as firefighters work to control a flareup due to flying embers from the Woolsey Fire on November 10 in Calabasas, California.Hide Caption 2 of 47Yuba and Butte County sheriff deputies carry a body bag with a victim of the Camp Fire on November 10 in Paradise, California.Yuba and Butte County sheriff deputies carry a body bag with a victim of the Camp Fire on November 10 in Paradise, California. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaYuba and Butte County sheriff deputies carry a body bag with a victim of the Camp Fire on November 10 in Paradise, California.Hide Caption 3 of 47Araya Cipollini cries on November 10 near the remains of her family's home in Paradise, California. The Camp Fire, the blaze that started Thursday outside the hilly town of Paradise, has grown and destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes, making it California's most destructive wildfire on record.Araya Cipollini cries on November 10 near the remains of her family's home in Paradise, California. The Camp Fire, the blaze that started Thursday outside the hilly town of Paradise, has grown and destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes, making it California's most destructive wildfire on record. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaAraya Cipollini cries on November 10 near the remains of her family’s home in Paradise, California. The Camp Fire, the blaze that started Thursday outside the hilly town of Paradise, has grown and destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes, making it California’s most destructive wildfire on record.Hide Caption 4 of 47Los Angeles County firefighters fight  flames approaching the Salvation Army camps in Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire on November 10.Los Angeles County firefighters fight  flames approaching the Salvation Army camps in Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire on November 10. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaLos Angeles County firefighters fight flames approaching the Salvation Army camps in Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire on November 10.Hide Caption 5 of 47A fire truck is seen on Pacific Coast Highway on November 10 as the Woolsey Fire continues to burn in Malibu, California.A fire truck is seen on Pacific Coast Highway on November 10 as the Woolsey Fire continues to burn in Malibu, California. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA fire truck is seen on Pacific Coast Highway on November 10 as the Woolsey Fire continues to burn in Malibu, California.Hide Caption 6 of 47A satellite image shows burned vegetation as a result of the Woolsey Fire on November 10 in Southern California.A satellite image shows burned vegetation as a result of the Woolsey Fire on November 10 in Southern California. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA satellite image shows burned vegetation as a result of the Woolsey Fire on November 10 in Southern California.Hide Caption 7 of 47Firefighters hold a morning meeting as they continue to battle the Camp Fire, in Paradise, California. The fire was at 20% containment on November 10.Firefighters hold a morning meeting as they continue to battle the Camp Fire, in Paradise, California. The fire was at 20% containment on November 10. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaFirefighters hold a morning meeting as they continue to battle the Camp Fire, in Paradise, California. The fire was at 20% containment on November 10.Hide Caption 8 of 47Roger Bloxberg and his wife, Anne, hug as they watch a wildfire on a hilltop Friday, November 9, near their home in the West Hills area of Los Angeles.Roger Bloxberg and his wife, Anne, hug as they watch a wildfire on a hilltop Friday, November 9, near their home in the West Hills area of Los Angeles. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaRoger Bloxberg and his wife, Anne, hug as they watch a wildfire on a hilltop Friday, November 9, near their home in the West Hills area of Los Angeles.Hide Caption 9 of 47Malibu Mayor Rick Mullen, who is also a firefighter, surveys a house engulfed in flames in his city as the Woolsey Fire comes down a hill on November 9.Malibu Mayor Rick Mullen, who is also a firefighter, surveys a house engulfed in flames in his city as the Woolsey Fire comes down a hill on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaMalibu Mayor Rick Mullen, who is also a firefighter, surveys a house engulfed in flames in his city as the Woolsey Fire comes down a hill on November 9.Hide Caption 10 of 47A massive smoke plume, powered by strong winds, rises above the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9.A massive smoke plume, powered by strong winds, rises above the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA massive smoke plume, powered by strong winds, rises above the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9.Hide Caption 11 of 47Cathy Fallon stands near the charred remains of her home in Paradise on November 9. The Camp Fire has wiped out much of the town north of Sacramento.Cathy Fallon stands near the charred remains of her home in Paradise on November 9. The Camp Fire has wiped out much of the town north of Sacramento. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaCathy Fallon stands near the charred remains of her home in Paradise on November 9. The Camp Fire has wiped out much of the town north of Sacramento.Hide Caption 12 of 47A firefighter sprays down palm trees as the Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. A firefighter sprays down palm trees as the Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA firefighter sprays down palm trees as the Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. Hide Caption 13 of 47Llamas are tied to a lifeguard stand on the beach in Malibu on November 9.Llamas are tied to a lifeguard stand on the beach in Malibu on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaLlamas are tied to a lifeguard stand on the beach in Malibu on November 9.Hide Caption 14 of 47A woman reacts to devastation of the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9. A woman reacts to devastation of the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA woman reacts to devastation of the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9. Hide Caption 15 of 47Firefighters Omar Velasquez, center, Cory Darrigo, left, and Sam Quan rest in the backyard of a home in Westlake Village on November 9 after fighting the Woolsey Fire all night.Firefighters Omar Velasquez, center, Cory Darrigo, left, and Sam Quan rest in the backyard of a home in Westlake Village on November 9 after fighting the Woolsey Fire all night. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaFirefighters Omar Velasquez, center, Cory Darrigo, left, and Sam Quan rest in the backyard of a home in Westlake Village on November 9 after fighting the Woolsey Fire all night.Hide Caption 16 of 47Gabi and Jonah Frank walk on the Pacific Coast Highway as the Woolsey Fire threatens their Malibu home on November 9.Gabi and Jonah Frank walk on the Pacific Coast Highway as the Woolsey Fire threatens their Malibu home on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaGabi and Jonah Frank walk on the Pacific Coast Highway as the Woolsey Fire threatens their Malibu home on November 9.Hide Caption 17 of 47A satellite image taken by NASA's Operational Land Imager shows the Camp Fire in Northern California.A satellite image taken by NASA's Operational Land Imager shows the Camp Fire in Northern California. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA satellite image taken by NASA’s Operational Land Imager shows the Camp Fire in Northern California.Hide Caption 18 of 47A firefighter keeps watch as the Woolsey Fire burns a home near Malibou Lake on November 9. A firefighter keeps watch as the Woolsey Fire burns a home near Malibou Lake on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA firefighter keeps watch as the Woolsey Fire burns a home near Malibou Lake on November 9. Hide Caption 19 of 47The Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. The community is known for celebrity beachside homes.The Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. The community is known for celebrity beachside homes. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaThe Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. The community is known for celebrity beachside homes.Hide Caption 20 of 47Cars destroyed by the Camp Fire sit in a used car lot in Paradise on November 9.Cars destroyed by the Camp Fire sit in a used car lot in Paradise on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaCars destroyed by the Camp Fire sit in a used car lot in Paradise on November 9.Hide Caption 21 of 47Fire Capt. Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats that fell from an evacuee's pickup while he battles the Camp Fire in Big Bend on November 9.Fire Capt. Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats that fell from an evacuee's pickup while he battles the Camp Fire in Big Bend on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaFire Capt. Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats that fell from an evacuee’s pickup while he battles the Camp Fire in Big Bend on November 9.Hide Caption 22 of 47Evacuees rest on cots supplied by the Red Cross at a Los Angeles high school gym on November 9.Evacuees rest on cots supplied by the Red Cross at a Los Angeles high school gym on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaEvacuees rest on cots supplied by the Red Cross at a Los Angeles high school gym on November 9.Hide Caption 23 of 47Firefighters battle flames in Thousand Oaks early November 9.Firefighters battle flames in Thousand Oaks early November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaFirefighters battle flames in Thousand Oaks early November 9.Hide Caption 24 of 47Smoke billows above Malibu trees in this photo <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp92n5LnoB1/" target="_blank">posted to Instagram</a> by Julie Ellerton.Smoke billows above Malibu trees in this photo <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp92n5LnoB1/" target="_blank">posted to Instagram</a> by Julie Ellerton. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaSmoke billows above Malibu trees in this photo posted to Instagram by Julie Ellerton.Hide Caption 25 of 47Firefighters push a vehicle from a garage as the Woolsey Fire burns a home in Malibu on November 9.Firefighters push a vehicle from a garage as the Woolsey Fire burns a home in Malibu on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaFirefighters push a vehicle from a garage as the Woolsey Fire burns a home in Malibu on November 9.Hide Caption 26 of 47Patients are evacuated from Paradise's Feather River Hospital as it burns on Thursday, November 8.Patients are evacuated from Paradise's Feather River Hospital as it burns on Thursday, November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaPatients are evacuated from Paradise’s Feather River Hospital as it burns on Thursday, November 8.Hide Caption 27 of 47Juanita and Wayne McLish sit on a curb November 8 after losing their house to the Camp Fire in Paradise.Juanita and Wayne McLish sit on a curb November 8 after losing their house to the Camp Fire in Paradise. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaJuanita and Wayne McLish sit on a curb November 8 after losing their house to the Camp Fire in Paradise.Hide Caption 28 of 47The Hill Fire burns in Thousand Oaks on November 8.The Hill Fire burns in Thousand Oaks on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaThe Hill Fire burns in Thousand Oaks on November 8.Hide Caption 29 of 47The Woolsey Fire burns in Ventura County, where Jason Bauer told CNN his parents had just been evacuated from their home.The Woolsey Fire burns in Ventura County, where Jason Bauer told CNN his parents had just been evacuated from their home. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaThe Woolsey Fire burns in Ventura County, where Jason Bauer told CNN his parents had just been evacuated from their home.Hide Caption 30 of 47People embrace in the parking lot of a Paradise hospital as the Camp Fire engulfed it on November 8.People embrace in the parking lot of a Paradise hospital as the Camp Fire engulfed it on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaPeople embrace in the parking lot of a Paradise hospital as the Camp Fire engulfed it on November 8.Hide Caption 31 of 47The Paradise Inn burns on November 8.The Paradise Inn burns on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaThe Paradise Inn burns on November 8.Hide Caption 32 of 47A firefighter works to extinguish a spot fire at a home in Paradise.A firefighter works to extinguish a spot fire at a home in Paradise. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA firefighter works to extinguish a spot fire at a home in Paradise.Hide Caption 33 of 47Vehicles and homes burn as the Camp Fire rips through Paradise, California, on Thursday, November 8. A state of emergency has been declared in Butte County, where thousands have been forced to evacuate.Vehicles and homes burn as the Camp Fire rips through Paradise, California, on Thursday, November 8. A state of emergency has been declared in Butte County, where thousands have been forced to evacuate. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaVehicles and homes burn as the Camp Fire rips through Paradise, California, on Thursday, November 8. A state of emergency has been declared in Butte County, where thousands have been forced to evacuate.Hide Caption 34 of 47Dogs roam a burned-out neighborhood in Paradise.Dogs roam a burned-out neighborhood in Paradise. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaDogs roam a burned-out neighborhood in Paradise.Hide Caption 35 of 47Hospital staff and first responders evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital in Paradise on November 8.Hospital staff and first responders evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital in Paradise on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaHospital staff and first responders evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital in Paradise on November 8.Hide Caption 36 of 47A fire emergency crew works to protect the Paradise Town Hall from the encroaching Camp Fire on November 8.A fire emergency crew works to protect the Paradise Town Hall from the encroaching Camp Fire on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA fire emergency crew works to protect the Paradise Town Hall from the encroaching Camp Fire on November 8.Hide Caption 37 of 47A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise.A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise.Hide Caption 38 of 47A vintage car rests among debris in Paradise.A vintage car rests among debris in Paradise. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA vintage car rests among debris in Paradise.Hide Caption 39 of 47Medical personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns in Paradise on November 8.Medical personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns in Paradise on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaMedical personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns in Paradise on November 8.Hide Caption 40 of 47Smoke fills the sky over Paradise on November 8. Paradise, located about 85 miles north of Sacramento, has 26,000 residents. Smoke fills the sky over Paradise on November 8. Paradise, located about 85 miles north of Sacramento, has 26,000 residents. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaSmoke fills the sky over Paradise on November 8. Paradise, located about 85 miles north of Sacramento, has 26,000 residents. Hide Caption 41 of 47The remains of a building are seen after being consumed by the Camp Fire.The remains of a building are seen after being consumed by the Camp Fire. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaThe remains of a building are seen after being consumed by the Camp Fire.Hide Caption 42 of 47A firefighter monitors a burning home on November 8.A firefighter monitors a burning home on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA firefighter monitors a burning home on November 8.Hide Caption 43 of 47California Highway Patrol officers attempt to transfer a potbelly pig they rescued in Butte County on November 8.California Highway Patrol officers attempt to transfer a potbelly pig they rescued in Butte County on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaCalifornia Highway Patrol officers attempt to transfer a potbelly pig they rescued in Butte County on November 8.Hide Caption 44 of 47A Paradise home is engulfed in flames on November 8. A Paradise home is engulfed in flames on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA Paradise home is engulfed in flames on November 8. Hide Caption 45 of 47A group of firefighters monitor a back fire while attempting to save homes in Paradise on November 8. A group of firefighters monitor a back fire while attempting to save homes in Paradise on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA group of firefighters monitor a back fire while attempting to save homes in Paradise on November 8. Hide Caption 46 of 47Flames burn inside a van as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise on November 8.Flames burn inside a van as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise on November 8. 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But what they saw when they stepped outside shocked them. “It was a 100-foot wall of flames. It was like a firestorm, it was roaring,” he told CNN affiliate KABC about the Woolsey Fire.Firefighters look for hotspots in areas destroyed by the Woolsey Fire.Firefighters look for hotspots in areas destroyed by the Woolsey Fire.Firefighters look for hotspots in areas destroyed by the Woolsey Fire.The family quickly took photos, a few clothes and other essentials hoping they could come back to their home. On Saturday, they were among several families who drove through scorched hills and discovered their homes were leveled. As a portion of the more than 200,000 people who fled in Ventura and Los Angeles counties returned home, authorities warned residents that danger is not over.“Mother Nature has given us a short reprieve … but we know tomorrow Mother Nature’s gonna turn her fan back on and the winds are going to start blowing,” Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen told reporters. He said he cautioned his firefighters and the public not to be lulled by the better weather Saturday.”Stay vigilant,” he said.Here's how you can help those affected by the California wildfiresHere's how you can help those affected by the California wildfiresHere's how you can help those affected by the California wildfiresFire officials said the Santa Ana winds that fueled the blaze had temporarily died down Saturday, giving them a brief opportunity to make progress but another round is forecast to whip the area Sunday through Tuesday.”This is just a lull,” Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, “so we’re going to take advantage of that and try to get as much line perimeter in as we can with the expectation that we will get more winds tomorrow.”

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