Risk of mudslides as rain forecast for fire-ravaged California

Nov 20, 2018, 02:20
Risk of mudslides as rain forecast for fire-ravaged California

At the scene on Saturday, Trump recounted a conversation he had in Paris on 11 November with Finland's president Sauli Niinisto, who talked about monitoring forest resources with a good surveillance system.

The president of Finland has said he didn't discuss raking leaves with Donald Trump following the United States leader's freakish comments in the wake of the California wildfires.

Mr. Trump told reporters while visiting the devastated areas in California that the USA needs to improve fire management.

The number of believed missing fell 283 late on Sunday, down from 1,276 people, they say, but gave no other details.

"While Niinistö might have had a diplomatic response to Trump's comments, residents of Finland have not held back, taking to social media to mock Trump over his "raking" comments with a new "#RakeAmericaGreatAgain" hashtag.

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

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

Days earlier Trump had threatened to cut federal funding to California over its alleged "gross mismanagement" of forests. "I was with the president of Finland and he said, 'We're a forest nation.' He called it a forest nation".

Finns have been left bewildered by US President's Donald Trump's suggestion that California should copy Finland in raking forest floors to prevent future wildfires.

Up to 400 people fanned out Sunday to search the ash and rubble where homes once stood before flames roared through the Sierra foothills town of Paradise and surrounding communities, killing at least 77 people in the deadliest US wildfire in a century.

"If the fire stayed long enough and burned hot enough, the bones could, at a minimum, be fragmented down to such a small amount that we couldn't see them, and it's possible that even the dogs might not be able to detect them".

As of Friday, the only missing mountain lion was one dubbed P-74, a young male born previous year.

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Like Trump, Valachovic said the problem is solvable - but through long-term programs of community education, controlled burns, forest-thinning programs and economic incentives.

Fire and forest management experts criticized Trump last weekend for blaming the wildfires on poor forest management and misappropriation of funds.

In an interview with Fox, he claimed "nobody's ever seen what's going on over there" in California - despite it being the nation's most populous state, and media extensively covering the fire since it began.

Asked whether the scenes of devastation had changed his view on climate change, Mr Trump said: "No".

He also visited Southern California, where firefighters were making progress on a wildfire that tore through communities west of Los Angeles from Thousand Oaks to Malibu, killing three people.

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