LATEST UPDATES: Destructive Camp Fire Continues To Burn, Threatening Thousands Of Structures

In addition, an outbreak of norovirus has occurred at one of the shelters, Almaguer said, describing its presence as "not uncommon," especially at this time of year and "with hundreds of people living in close quarters."

People who are ill at the shelter have been taken to a separate location, are using separate restroom facilities and are being cared for by public health experts, according to Almaguer.

PHOTO: Homes leveled by the Camp Fire line a development on Edgewood Lane in Paradise, Calif., Nov. 12, 2018. (Noah Berger/AP)

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Battle rages on

Thousands of exhausted firefighters battling the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California appeared to be getting a handle on the two massive blazes this week.

Chief Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said weather conditions at both fires have improved and the strong winds firefighters were seeing over the past three days have started to dissipate.

But Pimlott said "critical fire conditions" still existed with an abundance of dry vegetation in both fire zones that could flare-up with the slightest spark.

PHOTO: Members of the Sacramento County Coroner's office look for human remains in the rubble of a house burned at the Camp Fire, Nov. 12, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (John Locher/AP)

"We're not keeping our eye off this ball at all," Pimlott said Wednesday, adding that 9,000 firefighters were working on the front lines of both blazes.

Firefighters, with the help of out-of-state fire crews, were showing progress in their twin battles to subdue the widely destructive blazes that have blackened a combined acreage larger than the size of New York City.

The Camp Fire showed "continued activity" on its northeast side, along the Feather River drainage basin, as it pushed toward the community of Big Bar, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Tuesday night.

The lower part of the area continued to be a challenge because of the "extremely steep, extremely rocky" terrain, fire officials said.

Dry conditions will continue this week but precipitation is expected next week, Braun said.

Camp Fire

The Camp Fire ignited Nov. 8 in Northern California's Butte County and has since burned an area of 142,000 acres. The flames were 45 percent contained on Friday morning.

The death toll from the monstrous blaze now stands at 63, making it the deadliest single wildfire in California's recorded history. Officials have tentative confirmation of the identities of 53 of those found dead but are awaiting DNA confirmation, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters Thursday night.

The sheriff warned that the remains of some of the missing may never be recovered due to the severity of the fire.

Two prison inmate firefighters were among three injured battling the Camp Fire, fire officials told ABC News.

PHOTO: The Camp Fire burns along a ridge near Big Bend, Calif., Nov. 10, 2018. (Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Many of the deaths from the Camp Fire have taken place in Paradise, which has been virtually destroyed by the flames.

Paradise City Council Member Melissa Schuster, who lost her home in the calamity, told ABC News' "Start Here" podcast. "In addition to that, and this is the hardest part for me to even talk about, is the number of fatalities is [among] things that we don't know at this moment and that's something that has to be determined before people can move back in."" data-reactid="110">"The entire community of Paradise is a toxic wasteland right now," Paradise City Council Member Melissa Schuster, who lost her home in the calamity, told ABC News' "Start Here" podcast. "In addition to that, and this is the hardest part for me to even talk about, is the number of fatalities is [among] things that we don't know at this moment and that's something that has to be determined before people can move back in."

PHOTO: An aircraft drops flame retardant as firefighters battle the Woolsey Fire as it continues to burn in Malibu, Calif., Nov. 11, 2018. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)

Schuster said teams from the Butte County coroner's office are combing through thousands of destroyed homes and burned cars in Paradise.

"We will rebuild our homes, we will rebuild our town stronger, better, safer and more beautiful than ever," she told ABC News' "Start Here" podcast.

Woolsey Fire

The Woolsey Fire, which also started on Nov. 8, rapidly spread from Southern California's Ventura County to Los Angeles County, jumping the 101 Freeway before sweeping through the celebrity enclaves of Malibu and Calabasas.

Authorities had warned the flames could potentially spread all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

It has burned 98,362 acres and was 69 percent contained on Friday morning, as firefighters successfully stretched containment lines. But the blaze has already damaged or destroyed nearly 800 structures, including many homes and a legendary Hollywood film set.

The fire burned down a portion of Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills known as “Western Town,” where hundreds of movies and television shows, including HBO’s “Westworld,” have been filmed, dating back to the 1920s.

The blaze has been blamed for the deaths of at least three people, and three firefighters sustained injuries while battling the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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PHOTO: Map showing the location of the wildfires burning near Paradise and Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AFP/Newscom)

On Tuesday, fire crews quickly smothered a flare-up in the Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley areas of Ventura County that was threatening to take off in the gusty weather.

"We are not out of the woods yet. We still have tough conditions," Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen told reporters at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said the Woolsey Fire, which has spread to an area larger than the size of Denver, was the biggest his department has battled in 100 years.

Despite Tuesday's flare-up, Osby said, "We are getting the upper hand" on the blaze.

ABC News' Karma Allen, Brandon Baur, Will Carr, Stacy Chen, Matthew Fuhrman, Marilyn Heck, Bonnie McLean and Daniel Peck contributed to this report

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