Trump tells officials do 'more raking and cleaning' at wildfire site

Trump tells officials do 'more raking and cleaning' at wildfire site

I was with the president of Finland and he called it a forest nation, and they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things and they don't have any problem.

In response, Finland President Sauli Niinisto told the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper that he did speak to Mr Trump about forest management, but didn't recall talking about "raking".

"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".

Nodding toward the remnants of Paradise, Trump promised that state and federal partners would "get this cleaned up" and "take care of the floors of the forest".

The U.S. leader's comment generated amusement on social media in Finland, which manages its vast forests with scientific seriousness.

Forests cover more than 70 per cent of Finland's 338,000 square kilometres.

California's outgoing Democratic governor Jerry Brown visited the scene of devastation at the town of Paradise with Donald Trump on Saturday.

"I perhaps wouldn't compare Finland and California climate-wise",' tweeted Veli-Pekka Kivimäki, a Finnish defense researcher.

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"The fire was right over there and they were raking trees, little trees like this, nut trees, little bushes that you could see were totally dry, weeds".

Ever since the seriousness of the California blaze first became clear, Mr Trump has spoken repeatedly about forest management and fires.

"And they're raking them and they were on fire and that should have been all raked out and you wouldn't have had the fires".

"If preventing wildfires were as easy as raking leaves, we would have done that by now, but it is a very complicated issue". "And each year, managing that pine litter adjacent to our homes and buildings is super important".

California has 33 million acres of forest, according to a University of California web page.

Strong winds were still complicating efforts to contain the deadliest forest fires in California's history as the death toll rose to 76 with nearly 1,300 unaccounted for. And when it is, it's a very small problem.

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.

Finns have been posting pictures of themselves online raking local forests, joking about "raking America great again".

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