But he again said, "We're not finger-pointing here", and declined to mention climate change as part of the problem. "There are lots of reasons these catastrophic fires are happening".
Trump lamented what he considered poor forest management.
Of the 50 people killed in this month's wildfires, 48 died in Northern California's Camp Fire. There were also three fatalities from separate blazes in Southern California.
The sheriff said he also has requested three portable morgue teams from the USA military, a "disaster mortuary" crew and an unspecified number of cadaver dog units to assist in the search for human remains.
The mayor of Paradise, Jody Jones, gave the BBC an update on the situation in the town. The town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains looks like a wasteland.
Hill said it's unclear how long the horse was in the pool.
'In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments, ' Honea said, adding that these were so small that coroner's investigators were using a wire basket to sift and sort them. More than 300,000 people have been displaced across the state.
Debris removal in Paradise and outlying communities will have to wait until the search for victims finishes, he said.
On one street, ash and dust flew up as roughly 20 National Guard members wearing white jumpsuits, helmets and breathing masks lifted giant heaps of bent and burned metal, in what was left of a home.
The soldiers targeted homes of the missing.
After the soldiers finished at the site, a chaplain huddled with them in prayer.
"There was times we were laying on the ground pouring the water on ourselves so we didn't burn", Weldon, 62, said. "So they are releasing the names in batches".
He stayed in Paradise to protect his 92-year-old mother, who is blind and was unwilling to leave. Officials say the number of victims is expected to rise, as 200 people are still unaccounted for, and the largest fires are only partially contained.
A sheriff's deputy asked Bechtold on Wednesday for information that could identify her remains, like any history of broken bones.
Frustrated residents lashed out at public officials in Woodland Hills, demanding to know when they could return home or why they weren't told to evacuate sooner.
Efforts were underway to bring in mobile morgues, cadaver dogs, a rapid DNA analysis system for identifying victims, and an additional 150 search-and-rescue personnel on top of 13 teams already looking for remains - a grim indication that the death toll would nearly surely rise.
"I feel disgusting for the sheriff". "It's just a no-win situation unless a few hundred folks just show up out of nowhere".
The search for the dead relied on portable devices that can identify someone's genetic material in a couple of hours, rather than days or weeks.
Accounts of narrow escapes from the flames continued to emerge. The "Woolsey Fire," which also began on Thursday, has razed 97,114 acres and has been 40 percent contained.
People whose homes were destroyed in the recent blaze sued PG&E on Tuesday, accusing it of negligence for failing to properly inspect and manage its power lines and blaming it for the fire.
But financial analysts noted that the move could be a precursor to a decision to file for bankruptcy protection, given PG&E's exposure to as much as $15 billion in wildfire liabilities from last year's devastating wildfires, and the potential that it will be found at fault for starting the Camp Fire last week.