President rakes over causes of fire in California
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 20, 2018,
Nov 20, 2018, 2:17
Niinistö has since stressed that he never mentioned "raking leaves" while meeting with the president, instead simply suggesting that Finland takes "care of our forests", Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat reports.
Authorities don't believe all those on the list are missing and the roster dropped by 300 on Sunday as more people were located or got in touch to say they weren't missing. "I was with the president of Finland, and he said we have a much different - 'we're a forest nation.' He called it a 'forest nation.' And they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don't have any problem".
Mr Trump praised the emergency services.
Trump reiterated claims that raking helps, during an interview on Fox News that aired Sunday.
However, raking wasn't brought up in the conversation, Niinisto said.
Forests cover more than 70% of Finland's 338,000 square kilometres. The Nordic country with a population of 5.5 million.
The Camp fire - which broke out in Northern California on November 8 - was 65 percent contained on Sunday.
People hugged and shed tears as Pastor Jesse Kearns recited a prayer for first responders: "We ask for continued strength as they are growing tired right now". Pointing to his own head, it was captioned: "Can I get one more rake out here".
"If the fire stayed long enough and burned hot enough, the bones could, at a minimum, be fragmented down to such a small amount that we couldn't see them, and it's possible that even the dogs might not be able to detect them".
"And they're raking them and they were on fire and that should have been all raked out and you wouldn't have had the fires".
Rescue teams comb the debris of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, to find any victims.
"And besides, 80 per cent of the country is classified as forest land".
Soon after the fire began, Trump blamed state officials for poor forest management and threatened to cut off federal funding.
Yana Valachovic, a forest adviser with the University of California, told the Washington Post that managing forests would actually reduce the severity of the blazes.
"There's so many people out here that are just broken right now", said Kristina Wheeler, whose food truck has been feeding evacuees. "I hope the president consults some experts, maybe talks to folks who actually know something about wildfires, and really stop believing these weird theories that he has".
Authorities say at least 77 are now confirmed dead in the Camp fire with 993 people still unaccounted for. "I mean they're suing him", he said.
Trump said he was happy with his Cabinet but was thinking about changing "three or four or five positions".