In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, the 58-year-old Woodcox said he was in a Jeep ahead of the other vehicles and ran when the flames overtook them.
Publicly, PG&E said it experienced a problem on an electrical transmission line near the site of the massive fire, minutes before the blaze broke out.
Eric Bartelink, co-director of Chico University's Human Identification Lab, said his team frequently conducts searches of fire scenes and for buried bodies, but rarely so close to home. In the current blazes, it was virtually destroyed. On Instagram, Butler also commended the "brave men and women" who have been tirelessly fighting the wildfires in Northern and Southern California.
Officials and relatives held out hope many of those unaccounted for were safe and simply had no mobile phones or other ways to contact loved ones. He said it "is much less due to bad management and is instead the result of our baking of our forests, woodlands and grasslands with ever-worsening climate change".
At the height of the blaze, more than 17,000 people were ordered to evacuate. The average number of USA acres burned by wildfires has doubled over the level from 30 years ago.
As of Monday, more than 34,293 square kilometres have burned.
The state fire agency said Monday that the fire had grown to 177 square miles (303 square kilometers) and was 25 percent contained.More news: Trump blames 'poor forest management' for California fires
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Authorities have reported two deaths from those fires.
"The biggest factor was wind", Dennison said in an email. "With wind speeds as high as they were, there was nothing firefighters could do to stop the advance of the fires".
These winds, called Santa Ana winds, and the unique geography of high mountains and deep valleys act like chimneys, fortifying the fires, Thornicke said. More than 200 people are still missing. A lot of experts are pointing the finger at an obvious issue - the ongoing extreme drought in California, now into its fifth year. Though the state's drought has eased slightly, it's still abnormally dry, according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.
As residents across the state wait to locate loved ones and for evacuation orders to be lifted, some celebrities in Southern California have been sharing photos online of what's left of their homes.
Because of that, there are 129 million dead trees, which provide fuel for fires, Thornicke said.
The bulk of the destruction and loss of life occurred in and around the town of Paradise, where flames reduced most of the buildings to ash and rubble on Thursday night, just hours after the blaze erupted.
"In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments", Honea, the Butte County sheriff and coroner, told reporters.
"If PG&E is found responsible for burning down the state again, at some point we have to say enough is enough and we have to ask should this company be allowed to do business in California?" And in a dry climate more heat equals more drying. The Camp Fire burned almost 7000 buildings and is the most destructive individual fire in state history.