A fire chief in Southern California said late on Tuesday that just about everything was burning.
Weary firefighters said there was little they could do to stop the deadliest wildfires in more than a decade.
Tens of thousands of people fled mountain communities in San Diego and San Bernardino counties, as two huge blazes began merging into a super fire.
In Rim of the World, near San Bernardino, a rapidly moving fire storm forced a television news crew to evacuate the area so quickly, they had to leave their microwave van behind, only to be devoured by the flames.
The news crew reportedly escaped without injury.
At least 16 people have been killed by the fires, but officials said on Tuesday they were certain the death toll will climb as they search burned out homes.
Nearly 16-hundred homes have been destroyed and ten-thousand firefighters were on the front lines on Tuesday night.
At least ten wind-driven fires have rampaged through Southern California since October 21, many of them reportedly caused caused by arsonists.