Trump Blames Forest Management For Wildfires Again During California Visit

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US President Donald Trump travelled to California this weekend to inspect for himself the devastating effects of the fires that have ripped through several parts of the state. Governor Jerry Brown and governor-elect Gavin Newsom welcomed Trump's visit, declaring it was time "to pull together for the people of California". "Hopefully this is going to be the last of these because this was a really, really bad one".

"It's really very important for you to take a look at the list and call us if you're on the list", Honea said.

Those comments echoed his initial reaction to the fires November 10 when he blamed the wildfires on poor forest management and threatened then to withhold federal payments.

"We do have to do (forest) management, maintenance".

President Donald Trump is scheduled to travel to California on Saturday where he will meet with those impacted by the wildfires, the White House said.

"I think his visiting here is just for show", he said. Everybody's looking at that.

Southern California, where the destructive Woolsey Fire is raging, will also see rain midweek, but not as much as northern and central areas of the state.

The Woolsey Fire has burned more than 98,000 acres and destroyed at least 616 homes.

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A spokesman for Newsom's transition team said this was the first time he had ever met the president.

Senior fire officials recounted how quickly the blaze spread, complicating evacuation efforts, as Trump studied a huge map spread across a table showing where fires continue to burn.

"There's also the way the houses are built, the materials, what kind of vegetation is around, and then there's also the changing climate, the increasing drought, the lower humidity and water vapor", Brown said.

On forest management and fire suppression in Finland, what he calls "a forest nation".

No one there appeared to be paying close attention to Trump's visit, with evacuees saying they were told to leave by Sunday.

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"We welcome the President's visit to California and are grateful for the quick response to our aid requests, the Democratic leaders said in a statement on Twitter".

Authorities say they are working to erase duplication of names on the list, and also to reconcile the names of people who may be unaware they have been reported missing by neighbours or acquaintances.

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President Donald Trump "awkwardly" toured the damage from the California wildfires with Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, the ex-husband of his son's girlfriend. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".

Some 329 people who had been listed as missing have now been found. "We also we have units like search and rescue and the National Guard is assisting us with the recovery".

This patch of California, a former Gold Rush region in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is to some extent Trump country, with Trump beating Hillary Clinton in Butte County by 4 percentage points in 2016.

Butte County sheriff Kory Honea said the situation was disheartening.

"I want a great climate", he said.

Some of the people have been confirmed as dead by family and friends on social media. "We're still reviewing emails", Honea said Friday.

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