He said another victim was found near a vehicle but outside it.
Residents have now been ordered to evacuate from several more towns to the west of Thousand Oaks, including Calabasas immediately south of Highway 101 and Malibu on the coast, as well as from the western edge of Los Angeles.
It came as a massive wildfire swept through the area, easily burning through 28 square miles.
"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott Maclean, referring to Paradise, which has a population of 26,000.
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Fire officials have issued evacuation notices for parts of Chico, a town of 93,000 people north of Sacramento. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.
In the town's central shopping area, there was little left but rubble.
One sheriff's deputy described his surroundings as "blackout conditions" as others detailed roads that were "completely blocked" due to roaring flames.
Resident Shari Bernacett told the Associated Press that she "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to get mobile home residents to leave as fire consumed the hillside. "It's that kind of devastation", he said.
The director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services told AP that the fire has claimed lives, but that the number of deaths is still unknown.
The utility said it later observed damage to a transmission tower on the line near Paradise, about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.More news: The untold truth of Jim Acosta
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The blaze sent residents fleeing, and now threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people. Then there's the Camp Fire in northern California that burned 1,000 structures overnight and has grown to 70,000 acres.
A thick, yellow haze hung in the air, giving the appearance of twilight in the middle of the day.
Strong winds had blown the blackened needles on some evergreens straight to one side. Reportedly the victims were in their vehicles attempting to escape the wildfires but they simply ran out of time.
Officials said at least three firefighters have been injured on the job and that 3,223 firefighters are working this fire. He said rescuers were trying to put them in other vehicles. "It's hard to express how fast a fire can move across dry ground", Allen says. Miller at first she scoffed at the notion of getting back in a stopped auto. She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety, she said. "My home is in jeopardy but. everything with a heartbeat is safe", she said.
Many abandoned their cars and trucks on the side of the road. While walking, a stranger in the traffic jam rolled down her window asked Miller if she needed help.More news: Bill Nelson's lawyers are now challenging Florida's election signature law