WaTimes: The California wildfire disaster marked Monday a deadly milestone as frustrated calls for more aggressive forest management — led by President Trump — met with climate-change pushback from Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
After Mr. Trump blasted the “gross mismanagement of the forests,” prompting an outcry on the left, Mr. Brown swung back by blaming climate skeptics and calling state’s dry, warm conditions “the new abnormal.”
“We have to all do more,” Mr. Brown said at a Sunday press conference. “But managing all the forests everywhere we can, does not stop climate change. And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we’re now witnessing, and will continue to witness, in the coming years.”
Despite the back-and-forth, Mr. Trump approved Monday night an expedited request for a major disaster declaration, saying on Twitter that he “wanted to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on.”
The Camp Fire that razed the town of Paradise in the Sierra Nevada foothills had torched 6,400 homes as of Monday and resulted in the deaths of 42 people, becoming the deadliest in the state’s history and passing the grisly record of 29 deaths set by the 1933 Griffith Park Fire. more here