Trump's tour Saturday marked his second visit to California in the almost two years of his presidency.
"This is very sad to see".
Western wildfires have grown ever more lethal, a grim reality that's been driven by more housing developments sprawling into the most fire-prone grasslands and brushy canyons, experts say. "The big problem we have is management".
"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", he wrote.
The president later gave his approval for a federal disaster declaration.
In a unusual tangent to the ongoing search for victims of the fire, officials announced that law enforcement officers on Thursday had shot and killed a fugitive in a staging area used for fire operations. "You're not going to have a parade", Maggie Crowder of Magalia said Thursday outside an informal shelter at a Walmart parking lot in Chico.
A week after her family narrowly escaped as the Camp Fire closed in on the town of Paradise, Whitney Vaughan said she feels like giving up.
Trump's visit could not come at a more chaotic time.
President Trump visited what remains of the destructive Camp Fire with Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, Paradise Town Mayor Jody Jones and several representatives from both local, state and federal branches of government. But to imply the state was to blame for mismanaging the forests was based on a misunderstanding because much of the forest land in California is controlled by the U.S. Forest Service, he said.
Cal Fire said that 40 percent of the Camp Fire's perimeter had been contained, up from 35 percent, even as the blaze footprint grew 2,000 acres to 141,000 acres (57,000 hectares).
Firefighters were racing against time with a red flag warning issued for Saturday night into Sunday, including winds up to 50 miles per hour and low humidity. "Checking around the residences ... our mission is to find the victims from this fire, recover them and get them identified and notify the families to give them some answers", Butte County Sheriff's Investigations Sgt. Steve Collins said Thursday.
Sheriff Honea said the list may contain people who do not know they are considered lost.
If people find their own or loved ones' names on the list at the Butte County Sheriff's Office's website, they should call the sheriff's office, Honea said.
The list probably included some who had fled the blaze and did not realise they had been reported missing, he said.
"We are still receiving calls. Now, we're trying to go back out and make sure that we're accounting for everyone", Honea said, explaining that deputies were recording the earliest dispatch reports.
Search crews including many volunteers fanned out to continue the search for remains in burned out buildings. He urged people to look at the list of those unaccounted for posted online and let authorities know if they are safe. Over 50,000 people remain evacuated from their homes, while thick smoke from the fire has reportedly earned northern California the distinction of the worst air quality in the world.