California Wildfires Rage, Death Toll Climbs to 31; 228 People Unaccounted For; More Than 8000 Firefighters Battling The Blazes | Mining Awareness +
Brian Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters, said, “…nearly 60 percent of California forests are under federal management … It is the federal government that has chosen to divert resources away from forest management, not California … At this desperate time, we would encourage the president to offer support in word and deed, instead of recrimination and blame.”
On Sunday, Rice told CNN that Trump’s statement was “stupid” and “callous” and did not take into account California’s seven-year drought.
LeRoy Westerling, a climate and fire scientist at University of California Merced, told the San Francisco Chronicle Trump’s tweets oversimplified the issue in California.
“To have a president come out and say it’s all because of forest management is ridiculous. It completely ignores the dynamic of what’s going on around us,” he told the Chronicle. He said rising temperatures and longer spells of dry weather were behind an increase in not only the number of wildfires but their ferocity as well.” (Emphasis our own.) https://www.voanews.com/a/california-wildfires-rage-death-toll-at-23/4653757.html And overpopulation doesn’t help!