Trump Claims Finland Prevents Fires by "Raking and Cleaning" Forests

Posted November 20, 2018

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said the list of the missing is compiled using information received from a special hotline, as well as emails and emergency-911 calls that came in during the first chaotic hours of the blaze.

Asked on Saturday whether he thought climate change had a role in the fires, he said "you have a lot of factors".

There are now 80 confirmed deaths and the names of 1,000 people remain on a missing list from the wildfires.

This is the most deadliest fire in state history. Her trailer home and place of employment were destroyed.

Mr Trump toured the area with California's outgoing and incoming governors, both Democrats who have traded sharp exchanges with the Republican administration.

The outbreak of Camp Fire coincided with a series of smaller blazes in Southern California, most notably the Woolsey Fire, which is linked to three fatalities near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles. Jerry Brown and Gov-elect Gavin Newsom thanked him for coming out.

California, the largest and wealthiest USA state, is regularly plagued by wildfires, but the Camp Fire has been unprecedented.

Rain in the forecast could bring relief for those working to tame a devastating Northern California fire and frustration for those searching for remains of victims.

Northern California's Camp Fire has destroyed almost 10,000 homes and torched 233 square miles (600 square kilometers).

Officials said it had consumed about 60,000ha and was 65 per cent contained late on Sunday, up from 60 per cent earlier in the day, as prospects of a heavy rainstorm from late on Tuesday (Nov 20) onwards raised hopes that that percentage will rise as the week progresses.

President Donald Trump, from left, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, California Gov.

Forest fires raging in California since November 8.

While answering reporters' questions, Trump once again argued that California's fires were mismanaged, this time suggesting that Finland has the right idea by "raking" their forests preemptively.

"I think that California's been really frightful to him".

"There have been some back and forth between California leaders and the president", Brown said. She needed a walker for her elderly mother and tags for her auto. "A lot of us voted for him and he [talks] down to us?"

I was with the President of Finland and he said we are a forest nation. "Not on my watch!" said another.

At an unofficial encampment next to a Walmart store in Chico, many were packing up to find another temporary place to sleep after being told to leave by Sunday.

'This is not just a few houses getting burned, ' he said.

This is not to say that raking has nothing to do with fire prevention - even if it's not the exotic and comprehensive solution Trump made it sound like. "It's like a slap in the face", Missere-Crowder said.