A man and a woman from the Northern California town of Magalia made off with someone else's motor home after the owner had evacuated, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.
On Wednesday, about 100 military police will join teams searching what remains of the town of Paradise after the Camp Fire incinerated it. A series of wildfires in Northern California's wine country last fall killed 44 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes.
Hughes is one of the 30-plus officers who lost their homes in the blaze but continued to report for duty to help locate missing people and victims, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.
The National Weather Service office in Los Angeles said there were wind gusts Tuesday of up to 33 miles per hour in the fire areas.
However, diminished winds and higher humidity levels allowed crews to make headway against the flames, fire officials said. "You have to believe that she got out and ran and someone picked her up". "The fire was right there".
Residents are wondering when they can go back to check on the damage.
"I don't know what to do here", another resident, Charles Terry told KCRA.
"I need to sleep and cry", James added. Of those cases, 231 individuals had turned up safe, he said.
Haynes said his home survived.
Thousands of firefighters are working to control the so-called "Camp Fire", and by late Tuesday it was 35 percent contained. As of Tuesday, the inferno was 40% contained. That's larger than the cities of Chicago and Boston combined.
As firefighters continue to battle flames, there are more clues as to what may have started what is now the deadliest blaze in state history.
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The Camp Fire's death toll has grown in staggering leaps.
"We had asked them if they would take time off and they wouldn't do it because they were so committed to this".
He stayed in Paradise to protect his 92-year-old mother, who is blind and was unwilling to leave.
The killer blaze, fueled by thick, drought-desiccated scrub and fanned by fierce winds, capped a catastrophic California wildfire season that experts largely attribute to prolonged dry spells they say are symptomatic of global climate change. I feel so sad for everyone though.
PG&E had no comment on the landowner's account but acknowledged last week that it was having problems with its transmission lines in the area just before the fire erupted.
Full information about evacuations and road closures is listed on the Cal Fire pages for the Camp fire and the Woolsey fire. "We're feeling better", said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.
The utility's president said earlier the company doesn't know what caused the fire, but is cooperating with the investigation by state agencies.
More than 300,000 people have been forced from their homes statewide.
Many victims in Paradise are believed to have been elderly residents or people with mobility issues who would have found evacuating more hard.
The first of the victims of the California wildfires have been named by officials in the north of the state.
But there were tiny signs of some sense of order returning to Paradise and anonymous gestures meant to rally the spirits of firefighters who have worked in a burned-over wasteland for days.