At least 31 people have been killed as massive wildfires raging in Northern and Southern California have engulfed thousands of homes and were threatening to destroy more as blustery winds were dealing firefighters a menacing challenge throughout the state over the weekend and into today.
"This week, California has experienced the most destructive fires we have seen in its history. There are 196,000 acres burned, thousands of homes and dozens of lives lost," Chief Scott Jalbert of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday morning.
The largest and deadliest of the infernos is the Camp Fire, which as of Sunday had burned 109,000 acres, leveled 6,435 homes and another 260 commercial structures in Northern California's Butte County, according to officials. There were at least 228 people unaccounted for as of early Monday.
At least 29 civilians have been killed in the Camp Fire, which ignited on Thursday and quickly swept through communities in the Sierra foothills, nearly wiping out the bucolic town of Paradise. At least five firefighters have been injured battling the blaze.
On Sunday, the monstrous fire was 25 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
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.
The threat from the Camp Fire isn't expected to diminish anytime soon, as gusty weather ramped back up Sunday. Red flag warnings signaling extreme fire danger have been issued for parts of Northern California, including the areas surrounding Sacramento and San Jose.
More than 149,000 people throughout the Golden State have evacuated as a result of the fires, outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters Sunday afternoon.
Wind gusts could reach 50 mph across the eastern foothills and western slopes of the northern Sierra Nevada mountain range through today, as well as parts of the Sacramento Valley.
On Saturday, Shawn Field of Paradise didn't know if his house was still standing. On Sunday morning, an ABC News crew found Field's home completely destroyed. The only thing left intact was a green coffee cup.
"This is real," Field said.
Field said he and his family moved into the house on Honey Run Road in March. He said his son was home when the fire moved close to their house on Thursday and that he had about 10 minutes to pack up some belongings and get out.
"He was able to pack a backpack and a small duffle bag of things we could use, and that's all we have," said Field, who is staying with friends about 15 miles away in Chico.
Despite his loss, Field said his spirits have been boosted by the support he and his family have gotten from friends and strangers.
"It's awesome how many people are rallying around and helping us out," he told ABC News.
Woolsey Fire prompts new evacuations
Meanwhile, the Woolsey Fire in Southern California was only 15 percent contained Sunday after blackening 85,500 acres across Los Angeles and Ventura counties and destroying 177 structures, Cal Fire said.
Another fire burning in the area, the Hill Fire, was 70 percent contained Sunday after it consumed 4,531 acres in Ventura County near Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people Wednesday night at a country bar before taking his own life.
"This morning, the Santa Ana wind condition has reestablished itself and is going to be in the area for the next couple of days," said Tony Imbrenda, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.