A destructive 37,000-acre brush fire, pushed by strong Santa Ana winds, was zero percent contained Saturday morning as it burned onto the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu while on a march through Los Angeles and Ventura counties toward the sea.
The utility said it will cooperate with any investigations, though PG&E spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said Friday the information was preliminary and stressed that the cause of the fire has not been determined.
The bodies of five people were found in or near a vehicle, and the other four were in or outside a home.
Some 35 people had been reported missing and three firefighters had been injured.
In less than two days, the Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire, which is also burning in Southern California, prompted evacuation orders for more than 250,000 people.
Officials stressed late Saturday that high winds are expected to resume on Sunday and mandatory evacuations must remain in place. Some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian, were among the evacuees.
"I just can't think about it", she said, beginning to cry.
Also affected is the city of Thousand Oaks, which is still recovering from the recent mass shooting.
Flames consume the Paradise Skilled Nursing facility Thursday in Paradise, California.
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In a video posted on Twitter that showed some students wearing paper masks, Connie Horton, vice president for student affairs, told them to expect "more smoke and maybe even ash and probably some frightening visuals, things like a tree on fire".
Nothing was left but the horses for Arik Fultz, who spent Saturday sifting through the remains through the charred remains of his 40-acre ranch near Malibu.
Representatives for Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who was elected on Tuesday to replace Jerry Brown, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Sol Bechtold drove from shelter to shelter looking for his mother, Joanne Caddy, a 75-year-old widow whose house burned down along with the rest of her neighbourhood in Magalia, just north of Paradise. But by nightfall, several homes had burned and authorities had ordered an evacuation. Authorities estimated that more than 6,000 structures were destroyed.
The fire has destroyed a "significant number" of homes, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said at a news conference on Friday, but officials were still determining how many.
The fire hopscotched around the Oak Park neighborhood of 70-year-old Bill Bengston, leaving most houses untouched.
It is one of three major blazes that firefighters are battling across the state.
Together, the Woolsey and Hill fires had burned almost 40,000 acres (16,200 hectares) in Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, by Friday evening.
Preliminary estimates placed the number of homes destroyed at between 50 and 150.
In August, with fires growing to historic sizes in California, Trump tweeted that the state is "foolishly" diverting "vast amounts of water from the North", blaming bad environmental laws for the summer's deadly fires. Studies have said wildfires often start due to extremely dry conditions, such as droughts that are spurred by climate change.