"This is so devastating that I don't really have the words to describe it," Brown said. "It looks like a war zone."
The California governor also said President Donald Trump called him Wednesday and "pledged the full resources of the federal government. And I can tell you that California stands in the same position."
More than 1,000 people were at shelters set up for evacuees as of Wednesday. Evacuations remain in place for Paradise as well as Butte Valley, Magalia, Concow and several other Butte County communities.
About 100 members of the California Army National Guard are helping to search for the dead. The search was drawing on portable devices that can identify someone's genetic material in a couple of hours, rather than days or weeks.
"In many circumstances, without rapid DNA technology, it's just such a lengthy process," says Frank DePaolo, a deputy commissioner of the New York City medical examiners' office, which has been at the forefront of the science of identifying human remains since 9/11 and is exploring how it might use a rapid DNA device.
The Camp Fire is believed to be the nation's deadliest wildfire since 1918, when a wildfire in northern Minnesota killed an estimated 1,000 people, according to Stephen Pyne, an Arizona State University professor.