Monday, 17 December, 2018

‘Make America rake again’: Finns savagely troll Trump over freaky wildfire gaffe

Laura Martin mourns her father TK Huff during a vigil for the lives and community lost to the Camp Fire at the First Christian Church of Chico in Chico California Trump Just Called Fire-Ravaged Town 'Pleasure' Instead Of Paradise By Accident
Melinda Barton | 20 November, 2018, 02:15

Authorities don't believe all those on the list are missing and the number dropped by 300 on Sunday as more people were located or got in touch to say they weren't missing.

The Camp Fire broke out in northern California on November 8 and quickly all but obliterated Paradise, a mountain town of almost 27,000 people around 90 miles (150 km) north of the state's capital, Sacramento. He used Finland as an example, and stressed that they spend "a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things".

The president's comments have inspired Finns to post pictures of themselves raking on social media.

"I think everybody's seen the light and I don't think we'll have this again to this extent".

"And yeah, managing that pine litter adjacent to our homes and buildings is super important ... but the reality is, to manage every little bit of fuel with a rake is not practical".

But asked if he had made that case to Trump, he said: "I certainly raised it but I didn't feel that that was where we needed to go", then added that science would be the guide for analysing the fires "and the president in no way negated that".

"Recently burned areas could see ash flow ... and even have the potential for debris flow if rain intensity is high enough", the National Weather Service's Sacramento office said.

Firefighters move debris while recovering human remains from a trailer home destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise California US Nov 17 2018. REUTERS  Terray Sylvester

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", Trump tweeted.

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

'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, ' Honea said. "Hopefully this is going to be the last of these because this was a really, really bad one", Trump said as he walked among the rubble where the Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park in Paradise once stood. There is significant concern right now regarding lawsuits relating to the Camp Fire being filed by Bay Area firms in San Francisco County.

Having claimed the lives of at least 77 people (almost 1,000 more are currently reported as missing) and destroyed more than 12,000 structures, the Camp Fire is now the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.

As the latest string of California wildfires continue to burn and devastate the state, Queen Elizabeth has issued an official response to the tragedy.

Mr Trump is a noted climate change sceptic, and rejects it exacerbates the conditions which lead to fires.

The burglarized Cal Fire station was set up to help with the inferno, which has so far scorched 151,000 acres (236 square miles) and was 66 percent contained as of Monday morning.