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Trump Blames Wildfires On Lack Of Raking

Trump Blames Wildfires On Lack Of Raking

He recalled telling Trump that Finland takes care of its forests, but added that raking didn't come up.

"You gotta take care of the floors".

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto later disputed this. "And when they do, it's a very small problem".

Thousands of miles across the Atlantic, people in Finland are making a mockery out of President Donald Trump after the USA leader called on Americans to be more like Finns and take care of their forest floors by "raking and cleaning and doing things". "We're going to have that".

But for advice on raking, a tongue-in-cheek column in the New York Times earlier this month, might be helpful to anyone thinking about raking, including apparently Donald Trump. Trump promised federal funds and says he has some ideas.

"Finland is a country covered by forests but we also have a good surveillance system and network, he said of his account of their conversation last week".

Trump has said state forest mismanagement is to blame for the wildfires.




Mr Trump toured the area with California's outgoing and incoming governors, both Democrats who have traded sharp exchanges with the Republican administration.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea pleaded with fire evacuees to check the list of people reported as unreachable by family and friends and to call in if they are safe.

Finland has a notably different climate from dry California, being more than 20 degrees further to the north than the region hit by the Camp Fire.

The Fox host, Chris Wallace, asked whether climate change might not be a larger wildfire factor than unraked debris, but Trump didn't think so.

President Donald Trump arrived in California Saturday to meet with officials, victims and the "unbelievably brave" firefighters there, as more than 1,000 people are listed as missing in the worst-ever wildfire to hit the U.S. state.

Ah yes, raking leaves!

"Here I am just #raking around as all us #finns do to prevent forest fires", one Twitter user, Lida Korhonen wrote, sharing a gif of a group of people raking leaves. It's of much less use on the forest floor, where infernos burn through swaths of brush and other heavy fuels that only heavy machinery can clear.

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