Its death toll now equals that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California. The flames descended on Paradise so fast that many people were forced to abandon their vehicles and run for their lives down the only road through the mountain town.
Another 228 remain unaccounted for as crews stepped up the search for bodies and missing people.
The town and surrounding area bore the brunt of the inferno, which started in nearby forest on Thursday.
The president of the Pasadena Firefighters Association called on President Donald Trump to "learn the facts" about the destructive and deadly wildfires in California. It has destroyed over 6,700 structures and 250,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. She lived alone and did not drive. But what they saw when they stepped outside shocked them.
As he drove through the smoke and haze to yet another shelter, he said, "I'm also under a dark emotional cloud". "If you've been up there, you also know the magnitude of the scene we're dealing with. (I'm holding back and not using the word liar just because it rhymes with denier.)", he added.
At least 23 people have lost their lives in and around the community of 27,000, according to an official count by authorities.
Gov. Jerry Brown said California is requesting aid from the Trump administration.
Trump has declared a state of emergency in California.
But officials warned that the dry conditions feeding the fire are expected to continue into the week and gusts would peak at around 40 miles per hour.
The Woolsey Fire has gutted Malibu mansions and suburban homes, with celebrities recording the devastation on social media.
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"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.
In some neighborhoods "it's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there", Honea said.
Authorities were also bringing in a DNA lab and encouraged people with missing relatives to submit samples to aid in identifying the dead after the blaze destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes.
A smaller blaze, the Hill Fire, ignited around the same time Thursday in the Santa Rosa Valley area of Ventura County, northwest of Thousand Oaks.
In a statement posted to his website earlier today, where, in part of a much bigger message to the Trump administration about climate change, Young revealed that he has lost his home to fires for a second time. Two other people were killed in the Woolsey Fire burning in Southern California, bringing the death toll from the California wildfires to 25 on Sunday'. In Southern California, where the Woolsey Fire scorched at least 83,275 acres, the blaze was only 10 percent contained. Whipping winds and tinder-dry conditions threaten more areas through the rest of the week, fire officials warned. "Welcome to my home in Malibu...half gone".
More than 3000 fire fighters from around California and neighbouring USA states worked with aircraft, including 19 helicopters and three DC-10 tanker planes, to save lives and billions of dollars of property.
The president's tweet drew a sharp rebuke from California lawmakers and firefighters in the state working to contain wildfires.
"This new abnormal will continue certainly into the next, 10 to 15 to 20 years", he said.
One of the Northern California fire's victims was an ailing woman whose body was found in bed in a burned-out house in Concow, near Paradise. We are safe and surrounded by friends and family.