It's a grim reality driven home by scenes from all around the state, especially the town of Paradise, California, which has been all but wiped out by the Camp Fire, now the deadliest fire in the state's history.
Ernest Foss, 63, was a musician who had moved to the town of Paradise from San Francisco eight years ago.
The California Community Foundation's Wildfire Relief Fund helps provide long- and short-term support to those who have lost their homes and possessions and/or may have experienced physical or mental health trauma due to the fires.
He has requested portable morgue teams from the U.S. military, as well as a disaster mortuary crew, additional cadaver dogs and forensic anthropology units. As of Wednesday morning, officials said the fire was destroying vegetation, with potential to also damage suburban homes east of Los Angeles, NBC News reported.
Crews have contained 35% of the Camp Fire in northern California, which has become the deadliest conflagration in state history.
Cal Fire and the California Public Utilities Commission are investigating the cause of the latest fires, as reports have surfaced pointing to the possibility that some of them may have been sparked by malfunctioning equipment from electric companies.
The fire has killed at least 56 people, destroyed more than 10,300 structures and scorched 138,000 acres in Butte County. The Camp Fire, which has killed 48 people and become the deadliest wildfire in California's history, had incinerated nearly the entire town of Paradise by Monday. The blaze killed at least 42 people and left family and friends desperate to find the many more that remain missing.
Dozens of people are still missing.
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All the six victims were found in their homes.
More than 5,600 firefighters are working to contain the blaze, while teams have been deployed to survey some of the worst-hit areas.
"If my dad hadn't have come home from work when he did, I probably wouldn't have gotten out of there, because I wouldn't have known", Bush said. Jordan said no one seemed to know whether they were able to get out or whether their house was still standing.
The number of people evacuated was down by about half from the day before, to around 100,000, authorities said, and the fire was partially contained.
"I'm staying hopeful", she said.
Some looting was reported in the southern fire area over the weekend and police said arrests had been made. The company reported a $1 billion net loss in the second quarter of this year, driven by almost $1.6 billion in wildfire costs, and net income of $550 million for the third quarter.
"Last spring they had some good rainfall, which causes a lot of growth, but once the water shuts off, everything dries out again", he continued.
On Monday, President Donald Trump - at the request of state authorities - declared that a "major disaster" exists in California.