California Is Ablaze With Wildfires. President Trump Hasn’t Said A Word.
There are at least seven large fires burning their way across the country’s most populous state right now, covering about 97,500 acres of land — and President Donald Trump has not said a word about it.
The National Weather Service issued its first-ever “Extreme Red Flag Warning” for California on Tuesday, Newsweek reported, after roughly 300 fires broke out across the state this week.
NWS officials said the Santa Ana winds "could be one of the strongest of recent memory" for most of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Meanwhile, Trump has made no effort to address the public on the issue. In the past, the president has blamed “gross mismanagement” by California officials for wildfires that have wreaked havoc in the state.
In January, Trump threatened to withhold federal emergency funding if officials do not “get their act together,” tweeting: "Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen. Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"
But nearly everyone else agrees that wildfires are made worse by climate change, which University of New Mexico biology professor Matthew Hurteau noted leads to “warmer temperatures, which dry out vegetation more.”
"It is also causing winter precipitation to fall over a shorter period and the length of the fire season is increasing. Vegetation in California is increasingly primed for fire,” Hurteau wrote last year.
Still, Trump would rather blame California officials. Last year, he said "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor."