Finland's president to Donald Trump: We don't rake forests

Kimberly Spainhower hugs her daughter Chloe while her husband Ryan Spainhower searches through the ashes of their burned home in Paradise California on Nov 18 2018

Finland's president to Donald Trump: We don't rake forests

Besides the toll on human life, property losses from the blaze make it the most destructive in California history, posing the additional challenge of providing long-term shelter for many thousands of displaced residents.

He cited peer-reviewed scientific articles that say that the amount of land burnt in California over the last 15 years has doubled because of climate change. He recalled telling Trump that Finland takes care of its forests, but added that raking didn't come up.

Firefighters in Northern California have mixed thoughts on President Donald Trump's criticism of forest management but say their main focus is fighting the blaze.

Trump initially blamed state officials for poor forest management in making the fires in northern and southern California worse and even threatened to cut off federal funding.

'We're going to have that, and we are going to have forests that are very safe because we can't go through this'.

"I was with the president of Finland and he said: 'We have a much different... we're a forest nation.' And they spent a lot of time raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don't have any problem".

"I think that California's been really frightful to him".

"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".

An American flag hangs at a burned out mobile home park in Paradise California on Nov 18 2018

Trump initially responded to the fires by blaming them on "gross mismanagement" of forests in a tweet on Saturday.

Asked by Fox News host Chris Wallace whether climate change was the larger factor in the forest fires, Trump dismissed the idea.

It could also hamper efforts to find some of the hundreds of people who remain missing since the Woolsey fire and Camp fire took hold two weeks ago. As of Monday, the Woolsey Fire is 91% contained.

Emergency services on Sunday (Nov 18) sifted through the charred wreckage of California's deadliest ever wildfire, searching for signs of almost 1,000 people believed still missing as crews made progress in bringing the blaze under control. While the rain would help douse the flames, it could also cause floods and mudslides.

"What we saw at Pleasure, what a name right", Trump told reporters while standing in front of some charred trees in California next to state governor Jerry Brown.

Authorities said some of those listed likely survived but have not yet notified family or officials, either because they lack phone service or were unaware anyone was looking for them.

In the meantime, Trump also gained the public's wrath after mistakenly referring to Paradise, which was virtually wiped off the map by the Camp Fire, as "Pleasure".

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