Trump visits fire-wracked California as more than 1,000 missing

Saul Bowman
November 19, 2018

Furthermore, Finland's President Sauli Niinistö's says he doesn't recall telling Trump his country rakes its forests.

He said: "You gotta take care of the floors".

On Saturday, Trump visited Paradise, California, and saw the devastating impact left by the Camp Fire wildfire, now considered the most destructive forest fire in California history.

Niinisto told Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that he had spoken with Trump about Finland's wildfire monitoring system.

They also have no idea how the small population could rake vast swathes of forest.

The people of Finland have trolled US President Donald Trump on social media after he suggested California should follow the Scandinavian country's lead and do more "raking" to prevent wildfires.

Democrats were quick to point out that managing forest fires was a complex issue - and that raking isn't going to solve it.

Meira Pappi tweeted a picture of herself with a rake, saying: "Off to perform my civic duty!" However, Trump, a climate change skeptic, reiterated his opposition to this view in a Sunday Fox News interview, in which he said: "No".

Brian Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters, called Trump's earlier remark "ill-informed", and added: "It is the federal government that has chosen to divert resources away from forest management, not California".


"I was watching the firemen the other day, and they were raking areas".

"They're raking trees, little trees like this - nut trees, little bushes, that you could see are totally dry, weeds".

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

Ah yes, raking leaves!

He... he wants, just, like, random people to preemptively go across the country just raking every forest in America to prevent fires?!

"His [Mr Trump's] general sentiment is correct - that we need to manage fuels", she said.

However, raking wasn't brought up in the conversation, Niinisto said.

'There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor, ' he wrote on Twitter November 10.

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