President rakes over causes of fire in California

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 19, 2018

Donald Trump twice referred to the fire-ravaged California town of Paradise as "Pleasure" during a weekend visit to survey the damage.

Almost 1,300 names are on a list of people unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began in Butte County, authorities said late Saturday.

The latest blazes have capped a two deadly wildfire seasons in California that scientists largely attribute to prolonged drought they say is symptomatic of climate change. "I mean they're suing him", he said.

Deputies have located hundreds of people to date, but the overall number keeps growing because officials are adding names, including those reported as missing during the disaster's chaotic early hours, Honea said.

Rain is forecast for the area this week, potentially helping douse the flames, but raising the risk of floods and mudslides that will swell the misery of 46,000 people under evacuation orders.

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

A view of a mobile home park that was destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. Pope Francis has prayed for victims of California's wildfires and freezing weather on the US East Coast.

PG&E Corp has said it could face liability that exceeds its insurance coverage if its equipment were found to have caused the Camp Fire.

Having previously criticized authorities in California for improper forest management, irking survivors and first responders alike, Trump has now made another one of his infamous, off-hand remarks regarding a Nordic country (see: #LastNightInSweden); this time he opted for Finland. "It's like total devastation", Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise and pledged the full support of the federal government. "I want great climate and we're going to have that and we're going to have forests that are very safe".

"There have been some back and forth between California leaders and the president", Brown said. However, the country has very few forest fires even compared to neighboring Sweden, which had bad fires this year.

Speaking to reporters during the weekend while in California to see the impact of devastating forest fires, the U.S. president again blamed forest management, but said Finland had the answer. However, they do not rake their forests to prevent wildfires, according to The New York Times.

Southern California was hit by the Woolsey fire, which has killed 3, and destroyed 1,452 homes as well as buildings, many of them in ritzy Malibu.

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