Trump says has halted U.S. funds for California wildfires, forest management

Blanche Robertson
January 9, 2019

There was no further information on the veracity of Trump's Twitter claim.

President Donald Trump revived his criticism of California on Wednesday, insisting again the state has mismanaged forest management programs and allowed wildfires to rage.

"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest (sic) fires that, with proper Forrest (sic) Management, would never happen", the president wrote. I have ordered FEMA to send no more money.

On Nov. 10, 2018, just days before he toured areas of California damaged by fires, Trump blamed the state's "poor" forest management for the devastation. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"

The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of Nov 8 near the mountain community of Paradise, California, sweeping through the town and killing at least 86 people, in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.

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FEMA is also impacted by the ongoing partial government shutdown and, as Washington Post reporter Damian Paletta highlighted, doesn't have money to send to the state.

The country does practice controlled burns, but it also has many lakes and roads - as well as a climate considerably colder than that of southern California.

In a tweet, Harris noted that Californians endured the deadliest wildfire in the state's history a year ago. It's true that removing dead undergrowth, such as twigs and needles, would help, but conservationists say that cutting the largest, most fire-resistant trees would leave saplings and other smaller, fire-vulnerable trees exposed. I'm already taking action to modernize and manage our forests and emergency responses. Trump has threatened in the past to halt federal support for California but has yet to follow through. "The people of CA ― folks in Paradise ― should not be victims to partisan bickering".

The staff at Cal Fire has stopped thinking in terms of a fire season, which traditionally ran from around June until late October, and are now on alert for destructive wildfires all year round.

State officials and local firefighters have accused Trump of not understanding the issues involved in fighting fires, adding that climate change has worsened the impact of the natural disasters.

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