Trump blames California forest management for deadly fires - is he right?

Death toll in West Coast wildfires reaches 35, officials worried about winds

Death toll in West Coast wildfires reaches 35, officials worried about winds

In California, 24 people have died, and one person was killed in Washington state. "And now we have a blow torch over our states in the West, which is climate change", Inslee said on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos.

Biden, slammed by Republicans for not visiting disaster areas, spoke from his home state of DE on the threat of extreme weather that climate scientists have said is supercharging fires.

"Compare that to last fire season", said Newsom.

"I said you've got to clean your floors, you got to clean your forests", he said.

Minutes earlier, Democratic challenger Joe Biden assailed Trump as a "climate arsonist" whose re-election would be catastrophic for the environment.

The governors have been blunt: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday called climate change "a blowtorch over our states in the West".

Dozens of studies in recent years have linked larger wildfires in the U.S. to global heating from the burning of fossil fuels. "But they don't have problems like this".

Trump said improved forest management was something that could be tackled quickly, whereas climate change would take more time and require global cooperation that he said was lacking.

Trump sparred with officials during his visit to California Monday over the cause of the wildfires and the best course moving forward to prevent them.

"They have more explosive trees, meaning they catch fire much easier", he said. And is China going to change its ways?

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Biden and Trump have offered vastly different visions when it comes to tackling the issue of climate change.

Throughout his first term in office, Trump has rolled back a slate of Obama-era environmental regulations, including ones that placed emissions-standards on American-made cars and the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which would have limited carbon emissions from coal and gas-fired power plants, and withdrew the United States from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. "How many suburban neighborhoods will have been flooded out?"

Calling Trump a "climate arsonist", Biden said: "If we have four more years of Trump's climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned by wildfires?"

He also pointed out that 57% of forest land in California is controlled by the federal government.

"We come from a perspective humbly where we submit the science is in and observed evidence is self-evident: that climate change is real, and that is exacerbating this", the Democratic governor said during a meeting with the president.

Trump, who has authorized federal disaster aid for both California and OR, questioned that science.

"Since mid-August, President Trump and Governor Newsom have spoken by phone and the White House and FEMA have remained in constant contact with State and local officials throughout the response to these natural disasters", White House press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.

Tens of thousands of displaced residents across the Pacific Northwest continued to adjust to life as evacuees.

To people in Oroville, it's evident how devastating fires like these can be. Others defied evacuation orders to guard their own homes from looters.

A man was charged with arson on Friday for starting the blaze that burned towns and another man was arrested in Portland on Monday after he started six small fires that did not burn any structures, Portland police reported. Police across OR have cautioned against "fake" posts blaming wildfires on left-wing anti-fascists OR right-wing Proud Boy activists.

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