In less than two days, the Hill and Woolsey fires had prompted evacuation orders for more than 250,000 people, including the entire city of Malibu, which is home to some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities, officials said.
But he also took to Twitter to criticise forest management in the state as "poor", threatening to revoke federal funding for California forest management unless action was taken to prevent future fires. He added that "billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".
Adding to the complexity of the disaster is tonight the district's youth convention is being held at Trinity Life Center in Sacramento - a destination city for numerous thousands evacuating fire-threatened communities.
The comments were Trump's first about massive wildfires, including a blaze that incinerated most of the Northern California town of Paradise and killed at least nine people.
"It is what we feared for a long time", Honea said, noting that there was no time to go door to door. "Regrettably, not everybody made it out".
In northern California, the blaze has burned through 100,000 acres and is 20 percent contained, Cal Fire said Saturday morning.
The sheriff's office still has 110 outstanding reports of missing people, Honea said.
President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration providing federal funds to help firefighters battling the blaze in Butte County northeast of San Francisco and the southern wildfires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
In southern California, more wildfires burned including one just north of Los Angeles and another in Ventura County near Thousand Oaks, where a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday.
The town saw 6,700 homes and businesses ravaged by the fire, one of the most destructive in state history.
The Camp Fire started at about 6:30 a.m. PST Thursday.
Shannen Doherty, who'd been out of town when the fire broke out, said online that friends staying at her Malibu house evacuated safely with her dogs. Officials announced two fatalities from the pair of wildfires burning north and west of downtown Los Angeles - bringing the statewide wildfire death toll to 25 in all.
Los Angeles County and city crews were assisting in the firefight, which was taking place as a second brush fire raged further west in Ventura County in the Santa Rosa Valley/Thousand Oaks area.
He said he evacuated his family and then returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man carrying his bedridden wife to safety.
The sheriff's department also said two people had been arrested on suspicion of looting properties left behind by those fleeing from the fires.
"I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires and grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones", Lady Gaga said in a tweet. I'm very irritated that fire did not anticipate this, did not get assets here, did not realize that we would have 3,500 people on this campus.
The bodies of five people were found in or near a vehicle, and the other four were in or outside a home.
Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from on Thursday morning. But thousands remained under evacuation orders due to the Woolsey fire.
Friday, winds were back in the teens and single-digits across the area, helping firefighters as they tried to get a better handle on the flames.