‘Sad’ Trump visits fire-wracked California

California wildfire rescue crews increase efforts ahead of rain; at least 77 dead

"So I chose to go for an opening and I think over the next months and years you'll see the science becoming crystal clear, and even the folks in Washington that are now more in the denialist camp are going to come around". "We just hugged them and we kissed them - and everybody". His first reaction to the fires came in a tweet last week: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor".

During his trip to survey wildfire damage in California, President Donald Trump met briefly at an airport hangar with families and first responders touched by the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks more than a week ago, which left 12 dead in what Trump called "a terrible, disgusting event".

In Southern California, Trump also briefly met families and first responders touched by the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks more than a week ago.

In Northern California, Trump continued to show skepticism about the impact of climate change on wildfires.

Scientists have said the growing frequency and intensity of wildfires in California and elsewhere across the U.S. West are largely attributable to prolonged drought that is symptomatic of climate change.

Trump toured the area Saturday, joined by California's outgoing and incoming governors, both Democrats who have traded sharp barbs with the Republican administration.

Trump also was expected to stop in Southern California, where a gunman killed a dozen people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on November 7 before committing suicide.

"We will be talking about forest management".

Trump visited Paradise on Sunday, to check out the damage for himself.

Trump has always been skeptical of man's role in global warming despite mounting scientific evidence that the burning of fossil fuels is heating the planet and leading to more extreme weather.

Patients are quickly evacuated from the Feather River Hospital as it burns down during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, on November 8, 2018. When Trump stepped out of Air Force One at Beale Air Force Base north of capital city Sacramento, the sun struggled to cut through haze so dense it covered the base like a fog.

More than 300 people recorded as missing have already been found. President Donald Trump witnessed the devastation Saturday, accompanied by Gov. Newsom, the lieutenant governor whom voters elected last week to replace Brown when he terms out early next year, declined the invitation.

Trump, who has long feuded with the political leaders of heavily Democratic California over issues such as immigration and voting, also has threatened to withhold federal payments to the state. "It's like total devastation", Mr Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise.

The central flaw in the "forest management" argument, however, is that the two major fire fronts - Camp and Woolsey - are not taking place in forested areas, but rather areas which are designated in forest management as "wildland-urban interface". It destroyed more than 9,800 homes and at its height displaced 52,000 people.

In Chico, volunteers had erected a tented encampment for evacuees.

Niinisto said their conversation focused on the California wildfires and the surveillance system Finland uses to monitor forests for fires.

Authorities in California are working to locate more than one thousand missing people.

In Southern California, meanwhile, more residents were being allowed back into their homes near Los Angeles after a blaze torched an area the size of Denver and destroyed more than 600 homes and other structures.

In Paradise, home to almost 27,000 people before the Camp Fire struck, two forensic anthropologists for the University of Nevada, Reno, were helping firefighters on Saturday sort through the wreckage at a mobile home park for senior citizens.

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