Photos show just how scary California wildfires really are, as death toll continues to grow

Camp Fire now deadliest fire in California history

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A firefighter with the state agency Cal Fire monitors a burning home as the Camp Fire moves through Magalia (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

The dead have been found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes and next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner’s investigators used a wire basket to sift and sort them, officials said Monday.

At least 29 people were confirmed dead in the wildfire that turned the Northern California town of Paradise and outlying areas into hell on earth, equaling the deadliest blaze in state history. Meanwhile, the search for bodies continues.

Nearly 230 people were unaccounted for, by the sheriff’s reckoning, four days after the fire swept over the town of 27,000 and practically wiped it off the map with flames so fierce they melted metal off cars. The dead were so badly burned that authorities brought in a mobile DNA lab and consulted forensic anthropologists for help in identifying them.

The blaze is part of an outbreak of wildfires on both ends of the state. Together, they were blamed for 31 deaths, including two in the celebrity-studded town of Malibu in Southern California, where firefighters appeared to be gaining ground against the roughly 143 square-mile blaze that destroyed at least 370 structures. At last check, some of the thousands of people forced from their homes by the blaze were allowed to return. Read the latest on the California fires here.

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Jimmy Clements stands in front of his home that survived the Camp Fire (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

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Fans wear face masks in Oakland as they sit in the stands for the NFL game between the Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. An Air Quality Advisory was issued due to the heavy wildfire smoke from the Camp Fire, burning in Butte…

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A dog named Rocky stands on the fence in front of the home of Jimmy Clements, that survived the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. At one point, the fire had burned more than 105,000 acres and destroyed more than 6,700 homes and businesses --…

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Firefighters are battling a blaze in Southern California, as well. In this photo, they’re at the Salvation Army Camp in Malibu. The Woolsey Fire has burned more than 70,000 acres and has reached the Pacific Coast as it continues to grow…

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A helicopter on Sunday drops flame retardant in Malibu (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images).

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Firefighters battle the smoke and flames at the Salvation Army Camp in Malibu (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images).

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At last check, the Malibu-area fire had burned at least 70,000 acres (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images).

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Firefighters work to try to contain the Malibu-area blaze (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images).

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The Camp Fire is burning in Northern California, near the city of Oroville (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

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Strong winds blow embers from burning houses during the Woolsey Fire (David McNew/Getty Images).

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Flames overtake the Reagan Ranch, once owned by former President Ronald Reagan, at Malibu Creek State Park (David McNew/Getty Images).

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Sheriff’s deputies from Yuba and Butte counties sift through a destroyed home to collect the human remains of a Camp Fire victim (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

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A lot of the destruction in the Northern California fire happened in a matter of hours (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

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A helicopter drops water on the Camp Fire near Cresta, California (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

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A house burns during the Woolsey Fire in Malibu. After a experiencing a mass shooting, residents of Thousand Oaks are now threatened by fires (David McNew/Getty Images).

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Rayshawn Jenkins, of the Los Angeles Chargers, breathes from an oxygen tank during the team’s game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images).

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A statue remains in front of a home that was destroyed by the Camp Fire (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

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