Honea said he was too busy with the emergency and the recovery of human remains to analyse how the evacuation went.
The number of people listed as missing in one of California's deadliest wildfires has skyrocketed past 600, authorities said on Thursday, as the remains of seven more victims were found by rescuers. It is both the deadliest and most destructive fire in the western USA state's history - more than doubling the death toll of a 1933 blaze in Los Angeles County that killed 29.
Authorities are blaming the high death toll and widespread destruction on the lightning-fast speed of the flames, which were driven by high winds through the parched land.
TRT World's Ediz Tiyansan reports from California.
At the other end of the state, meanwhile, crews continued to gain ground against a blaze of more than 97,920 acres that destroyed over 500 structures in Malibu and other Southern California communities.
The town of 27,000 residents has been completely destroyed and all that is left is an expanse of smouldering ruins, twisted wreckage and debris.
The Woolsey Fire has razed 98,000 acres (39,660 hectares) and has been 62 percent contained.
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Most of the town - almost 12,000 homes and buildings - has been destroyed, and an army of firefighters, many from other states, joined the struggle to contain and suppress the flames.
In explaining the massive jump in the number of missing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters that investigators raised the number after reviewing emergency calls made after the fire broke out last week.
Sheriff Kory Honea said almost 300 people initially reported as missing had been found alive, and the list would keep fluctuating as people were found safe or identified among the dead.
He said 461 search and rescue personnel and 22 "cadaver dogs" were involved in the effort to locate the missing and DNA testing was being expedited to identify victims.
The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump, who has been criticized as having politicized the fires by casting blame on forest mismanagement, plans to visit the fire zones on Saturday to meet displaced residents. 56 people are now confirmed dead and many more remain unaccounted for. Officials set up three phone lines for loved ones to call and said they had to adjust to a new system of organizing the calls. Scientists largely attribute the devastating blazes to climate change which has caused a prolonged drought in the state.
Denise Chester, an evacuee of the Camp Fire, hugs her son Antonio Batres as she volunteers sorting clothes at a makeshift shelter in Chico, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.
A Washington State firefighter who was part of the Woolsey Fire response was airlifted Thursday to Thousand Oaks after being struck by a auto in Malibu.