Camp Fire: Trump threatens to halt California FEMA wildfire relief again


Experts have said this could help fires burn more slowly, but critics have noted that the federal government managed numerous state's forests and that Trump has sought to slash budgets of Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service programs that are tasked with carrying out such activities. But stopping the flow of federal funds is an escalation of the feud, and one that might raise the ire of lawmakers - even the sizable House GOP delegation from the Golden State.

The tweet comes a day after Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference with fire officials regarding fire prevention.

"Disasters and recovery are no time for politics", Newsom added in a subsequent tweet.

UPDATE -- 11:30 am ET: The "Forrest" tweet has since been taken down. The state owns 3% of the forests in Cal. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!" the president said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The White House and FEMA did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday. November's Camp fire ― the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history - engulfed more than 153,000 acres, destroyed almost 19,000 structures and killed at least 86 people.

The president approved a federal disaster declaration after the fire, but not before criticizing forest management and threatening to cut off federal payments to California. "The people of CA - folks in Paradise", a community that was among the hardest hit by the Camp Fire a year ago, "should not be victims to partisan bickering".

Massive wildfires have become more common in parts of California, which experts attribute to years of fuel build-up and people moving into fire-prone areas.

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Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported last month.

Newsom signed two executive orders aimed at beefing up California's emergency response to natural disasters, like wildfires, which he framed as preparing the state for the impacts of climate change.

California utility PG&E exploring filing some or all of its business for bankruptcy protection as it faces billions of dollars in liabilities in connection with fatal wildfires in 2018 and 2017, according to Reuters.

The congressman then tried to direct Trump's attention to the people in his strongly Republican district who have been hurt by the fires.

Another prominent Californian, Sen.