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Finland baffled by Trump’s comments about raking leaves to prevent forest fires

Finland baffled by Trump’s comments about raking leaves to prevent forest fires

The Nordic country's leader recalled telling Trump "we take care of our forests", but couldn't recall any specific mention of raking.

"You gotta take care of the floors".

The president then recounted an alleged conversation with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in which he was told about the benefits of raking. "And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things and they don't have any problem".

Finns have been left bewildered by US President's Donald Trump's suggestion that California should copy Finland in raking forest floors to prevent future wildfires.

Maybe it wasn't Niinisto who gave Trump the raking idea. "It's like total devastation", Mr Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise and pledged the full support of the federal government.

Twitter quickly learned of the raking comments, with many from Finland ridiculing Mr. Trump by tweeting images of themselves or others raking in the forest.

"He called it a forest nation", Trump said. They were raking areas where the fire was right over there.

As of Saturday, 71 people are dead and more than 1,000 are unaccounted for in the Camp Fire, which is still blazing in Northern California. "You wouldn't have the fire". We have the dryness that turns vegetation and bushes and houses and trees into - literally into timber.




Donald Trump has once again raised eyebrows after suggesting the humble rake could solve the problem of California wildfires that have killed at least 76 people in recent days.

The president also visited devastated Malibu but declined to comment on whether climate change specifically was behind the wildfires.

Raking is an effective way to clear light debris like leaves and pine needles away from residences, she said.

"If preventing wildfires were as easy as raking leaves, we would have done that by now, but it is a very complicated issue".

"The president not only has signed a presidential declaration giving California substantial funding, but he said and pledged very specifically to continue to help us, that he's got our back, ' Brown said on CBS" Face the Nation Sunday.

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.

Asked by Wallace whether climate change factors like rising temperatures and extremely dry fuels could be causes (which they are), Trump said: "Maybe it contributes a little bit".

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