President Orders End to FEMA Money for California Wildfire Recovery

President Orders End to FEMA Money for California Wildfire Recovery

President Orders End to FEMA Money for California Wildfire Recovery

Trump has made similar threats about FEMA funds before, saying in November that he might pull money for disaster relief because of what he called the state's "gross mismanagement of the forests" - although Trump's critics have pointed out that the federal government controls 60 percent of the forest land in California.

U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold Federal Emergency Management Agency money to help California cope with wildfires if the state doesn't improve its forest management practices.

"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest (sic) fires that, with proper Forrest (sic) Management, would never happen", he wrote in a since-deleted post to Twitter. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!' Trump added. November's Camp fire ― the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history - engulfed more than 153,000 acres, destroyed almost 19,000 structures and killed at least 86 people.

Instead, experts say, climate change is contributing to worsening drought conditions in the state, ultimately killing and drying out the shrubs and trees that fuel the fires. "When fires strike or the earth shakes, [California] needs to be prepared", Newsom tweeted Tuesday, his first full day in office. The White House and FEMA did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

Gov. Newsom said that he was part of a trio of governors who yesterday asked the federal government "to work with us in taking on these unprecedented wildfires".

Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles County Fire Chief, said in November: "We're in extreme climate change now".

Newsom also pitched an additional $105 million to help California prevent and battle wildfires. 'Californians endured the deadliest wildfire in our state's history a year ago.

The natural disaster was the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California history, leaving an overall damage cost of $23 billion, according to German insurance company Munich Re.

Writing on Twitter, Pelosi blasted Trump, saying his "threat insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires past year & thousands more who lost their homes". Experts have said this could help fires burn more slowly, but critics have noted that the federal government managed numerous state's forests and that Trump has sought to slash budgets of Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service programs that are tasked with carrying out such activities.

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