Trump continues to blame wildfires on forest mismanagement

Arturo Kim
November 18, 2018

Mr Trump toured the area on Saturday, joined by California's outgoing and incoming governors, both Democrats who have traded sharp barbs with the Republican administration. Jerry Brown, Gov. -elect Gavin Newsom, and emergency workers.

"Hopefully this is going to be the last one of these", Trump said, noting that forests need to be taken care of and spoke again about the need to rake and clean the forest floor. President @realDonaldTrump stood w/ @JerryBrownGov, @GavinNewsom, and Mayor Jody Jones to say we are with you and working together to help.

She said she was angry about Trump's tweet two days after the disaster blaming forest mismanagement for the fire, a sentiment he repeated just before his visit and has stirred resentment among survivors. We do have to do management, maintenance.

Trump told reporters before he departed from the White House Saturday that during his visit to the areas that were ravaged by fires in the past week that he and local authorities would be "talking about forest management", seeming to suggest potential policy changes after discussions with California officials. Everybody's looking at that.

Three other people have died in southern California in a blaze dubbed the Woolsey Fire, which engulfed parts of Malibu, destroying the homes of several celebrities.

In Chico, near Paradise, Trump met with firefighters and other first responders at a makeshift headquarters. Nature provides the risky winds that have whipped the fires, the state has been in a drought and human-caused climate change over the long haul is killing and drying the shrubs and trees that provide the fuel. His comments were widely criticized by fire officials.

When asked in Paradise if seeing the historic devastation, which stretched for miles and left neighborhoods destroyed and fields scorched, altered his opinion on climate change, Trump answered, "No".

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At one point, near the end of the trailer park visit, Trump offered Newsom an opportunity to speak. Brown said it may be the worst disaster in California's history. "We're going to have that and we're going to have forests that are very safe because we can't go through this every year".

Fire Camp claimed the lives of at least 63 people and 631 are reported missing, authorities said on November 15, 2018.

After his visit to Paradise, Trump maintained that forest management needs to be improved. "It should've been done many years ago", he said.

The Camp Fire and another huge blaze have created a serious smoke problem across vast areas of the country´s largest state.

It will also further the complicate the search for remains in burned out areas, such as Paraside, in northern California. Trump said in the interview that he could keep her on, but he made clear that he wished she would be tougher in implementing his hard-line immigration policies and enforcing border security.

"As much as I wish we could get through this before the rains come, I don't know if that's possible", he said.

More than a week later, firefighters have managed to carve containment lines around 55 per cent of the blaze's perimeter.

Almost 1,300 people remain unaccounted for as wildfires devastate California. "We've been lengthening fire season by shortening the precipitation season, and we're warming throughout", says UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain.

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