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"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest fires that, with proper Forrest Management, would never happen".

It's unclear if Trump's latest threat would affect FEMA actions.

The fire that devastated Paradise hit one of the last remaining Republican bastions in the state, and Trump's tweet came as a surprise to the party's representatives.

President Donald Trump talks with Governor Gavin Newsom, left, as California Governor Jerry Brown listens during a visit to a neighborhood impacted by the Camp wildfire in Paradise, California.

US President Donald Trump revived his criticism of California today, insisting again the state has mismanaged forest management programs and allowed wildfires to rage.

Calls and emails to the White House and FEMA yielded no answers, with an automated response at the disaster agency citing the partial government shutdown now in its 19th day, an impasse provoked by Trump's demand for money to build a southern border wall.

And the federal government owns far more California land than the state government at which Trump keeps spitting contempt and threats.

Newsom said yesterday he had sent a letter to the President asking the federal government to work with the state to tackle wildfires.

Moreover, Waldron said, the fire likely started in the Plumas National Forest, and not on state land.

A key statute, the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, says that once a federal declaration of emergency or disaster has been made, the president "shall not. delay or impede the rapid deployment, use and distribution of critical resources to victims of an emergency".




"The President has seen first-hand our fire-ravaged areas in Northern California", he said.

Both of California's Democratic senators weighed in to lambaste the president.

"We have been put in office by the voters to get things done, not to play games with lives", Newsom tweeted. "Attacking victims is yet another low for this president".

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) rushed to minimize the political damage - as well as the potential loss of funds - with a statement assuring the public that "The President and his administration understand the severity of the devastation and have delivered for Californians".

The 2018 wildfire season in California was the worst in living memory, consuming almost 2 million acres of land, killing 87 people, destroying tens of thousands of homes, requiring an estimated $3 billion in public expenditures for debris removal, and costing insurance companies over $9 billion in payments.

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong.

On Tuesday, Newsom proposed US$305 million (NZ$448 million) to remove thousands of acres of forests and brush, expand emergency crews and modernise California's 911 systems.

LaMalfa past year survived the "blue wave" that swamped so many other Republicans, although he won his district by just ten points, a steep drop from his 18-point victory in 2016 and his 22-point victory in 2014.

Incoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) responded to the president's tweet, saying he and the governors of Washington and OR had just sent a letter on Tuesday, requesting the federal government's assistance in battling wildfires in the western states.


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