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By Dennis Romero
Union leaders representing a majority of California’s firefighters said Saturday that President Donald Trump should apologize for blaming the fatal fires of the state on “poor” forest management.
Camp Fire in northern California reduced the paradise to walls and demanded the lives of nine people, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. In addition, two bodies were found in Malibu on Friday night in the 70,000-acre Woolsey Fire Zone, Los Angeles County Sheriff officials said.
“There is no reason for these massive, mortal and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump tweeted on Saturday.
He threatened to cancel federal funding for forest management, although it was not clear whether he spoke about US forestry or government agencies. 19659007] “The firefighters and communities in this state deserve an excuse,” said Brian Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters Union.
Trump’s criticism provided a response from actor Leonardo DiCaprio, which tweeted: “The reason these fires have deteriorated due to climate change and a historic drought.”
Actor Patricia Arquette tweeted “Maybe Trump would like to see what would happen if California threatened to hold back our federal taxes. “
Pasadena Fire Brigade Association declared the president” wrong “.
“The fires of So. Cal are city interfaces and have NOT to do with forest management,” the association tweeted.
Rice agreed. “Malibu is not a logged-in area,” he said. “There are rolling hills and chaparral.”
In addition, he said that most state forests are managed by the federal government.
“The United States president is ignorant of forest management and fires,” he said.
Trump has proposed cuts to the US Department of Agriculture for two consecutive consecutive years, including a 15 percent reduction in funding for 2019. The department oversees the United States forestry department.
The state of California holds a rainy day’s fund of disasters such as floods, earthquakes and fires.
“They are planning very well,” said Rice, appointing Cal Fire to be on top of the fires of the state.
A spokesman from Cal Fire refused to comment, referring to questions to the governor’s office.
Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom tweeted, “Life has gone lost. The whole town has been burned to the ground.” Cars are abandoned on the road to fly their homes. This is not an hour for party ownership. is a time to coordinate relief and answer and lift those who need up. “
Newsom announced Friday that Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency had asked for a presidential emergency declaration and federal funds to help fight the camp and Woolsey fires.
In Butte County, where Camp Fire has charred 100,000 hectares, Rice said he watched Saturday when a firefighter gave an evacuee his own extra panties and shirt to wear.
“This whole community has been wiped out,” he said. “You would think the US President could come a little close to it.”
Trump might have heard him. Later in the day, Trump tweeted “Our hearts are with those who fight the fires, the 52,000 evacuated and the families of the 11 who have died. The destruction is catastrophic. God bless them all.”