by Daveda Gruber:
President Trump issued an emergency declaration to fund to help Firefighters in California. They are fighting three (3) major wildfires at this time. A few hours later the president threatened to withhold the payments in reference to the state’s “gross mismanagement” of its forests.
While in Paris yesterday, Trump tweeted:
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
Wildfires not new to California. We hear about them every year.
Trump has decided to address the problem. In his tweet, he is speaking about the Camp Fire in Northern California, which has destroyed nearly 6,500 homes and killed at least nine people, and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, which has killed at least two people.
The utility company that provides much of the state with natural gas and electricity, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), said that it would cooperate with investigators into the cause of wildfire that is called the “Camp Fire.” It is in the northern part of the state.
One of the company’s electrical transmission lines in Butte County experienced a problem at 6:15 a.m. on Thursday. Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) officials said the blaze began several minutes later.
Trump has had enough of the sheer destruction the wildfires bring.
An announcement came as Trump arrived in Paris on Friday for events marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.
Trump declared emergency in the state. This would allow the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts with state officials.
A White House release said, “This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict on the local population.”
The help will attempt to “avert the threat of a catastrophe” across six California counties; Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Butte.
FEMA has installed Mark Armstrong as the coordinator for federal assistance for the fires.
Ferocious wildfires have raged throughout the state this week. In the southern part of the state, Santa Ana winds were enhancing two major wildfires.
The Woolsey Fire had grown to more than 35,000 acres and at least 75,000 homes were under evacuation orders. This included the entire city of Malibu where most of the residents are Hollywood stars.
The Hill Fire near Thousand Oaks began Thursday. This came the day after a gunman killed twelve (12) people at a local bar and dance club.
About 250,000 people in Southern California were forced from their homes all together.
Think about this; there have been wildfires in California for a long time. California’s fire record dates back to 1932; of the 10 largest fires since then, nine have occurred since 2000, five since 2010 and two this year alone, including the Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest in state history.
A direct contributor to the 2018 California wildfires was an increase in dead tree fuel.
By December 2017, there were a record 129 million dead trees in California.
Through the years fatalities keep rising. Not only do residents and homeowners lose their lives but firefighters have died too trying to help people and put out fires.
Maybe money has to be invested to fix the problem instead of letting it get worse?
Fire is a deadly force and it consumes anything left in its path. Start cutting down and hauling away dead trees.