Trump Again Tweets About California Forest 'Mismanagement'

Holly Quan
November 04, 2019 - 1:46 pm
Nov. 18, 2018; Chico, CA, USA; The Camp Fire burned so quickly through the town of Paradise that little remains recognizable from the businesses that once lined the streets near the heart of the town.


It was after the Camp Fire when President Trump first blamed California's wildfires on forest mismanagement.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that Gov. Gavin Newsom has "done a terrible job on forest management" and “I told him from the first day we met that he must ‘clean’ his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him.”  

Newsom responded on Twitter that because Trump doesn’t believe in climate change, he’s “excused from this conversation.”

While the politicians throw shade, experts are yet again pointing out that these fires are weather driven/ Recent fires have been in grass and chaparral nowhere near forested land. 

The Trump Administration budget for 2020 cuts $40 million from hazardous fuels reduction, while the state is fast-tracking work to lower fire risks. 

Scott McClean with Cal Fire said in his first few days of office, Newsom charged the department with clearing brush and creating fire breaks in vulnerable areas like Orinda, Woodside and Los Gatos. He's also provided funding for new equipment.

“The prevention side is one of the most important sides of this coin,” McClean tells KCBS. “But on the flip side, the governor’s also allocated funds for 13 new fire engines. Not a replacement, but new, additional fire engines for the state, which we are starting to see roll in.”

This Friday marks the anniversary of the Camp Fire igniting and decimating the town of Paradise. 

Without a doubt, McClean said the fire management has improved compared to a year ago. 

“Oh, heavens yes. There is no comparison whatsoever,” McClean said. “And this governor hasn’t even been in office for a year yet.”