Trump Insists Raking Would Help Stop Forest Fires; Twitter Reels


President Donald Trump acknowledged Californians suffering from twin tragedies, walking through the ashes of a mobile home and RV park in a small northern town all-but-destroyed by deadly wildfires and privately consoling people grieving after a mass shooting at a popular college bar outside Los Angeles.

"I can't let perfection get in the way of progress", Honea said.

Maggie Crowder of Magalia, a hard-hit area, told the Associated Press she did not feel the president should come considering the "insults" he said about the state.

Trump, downplaying the role of a changing climate in fuelling the fires, said the management and maintenance of forest lands will be the focus moving forward, and he announced $500m for that effort in the Farm Bill.

The town of Paradise was almost completely destroyed.

The fire covered 148,000 acres (60,000 hectares), fire officials said.

With 76 people dead and almost 1,300 unaccounted for and feared dead in California wildfires, President Donald Trump had a word of advice about stopping future blazes: "Raking".

"I did indeed meet president Trump and we had a conversation about forest fire prevention in Finland", he explained.

Trump has said state forest mismanagement is to blame for the wildfires.

Brian Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters, called Trump's earlier remarks "ill-informed", noting the federal government had cut spending on forest management.

Trump has always been skeptical of man´s role in global warming despite mounting scientific evidence that the burning of fossil fuels is heating the planet and leading to more extreme weather.

Randy Greb, who lost his house in Paradise in the Camp Fire, talks with employees of the Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services near his tent in a makeshift evacuation center in Chico, Calif., Nov. 16, 2018. A full cover of haze and the smell of smoke greeted the president upon his arrival at Beale Air Force Base near Sacramento.

Sheriff Honea said the list of missing was "dynamic" and could easily contain duplicate names and unreliable spellings, as well as some who fled the blaze and do not realise they have been reported missing.

Some 1,276 people are still missing in the state.

The Republican president was accompanied on his visit by son-in-law Jared Kushner and chief of staff John Kelly.

Brown and Newsom said they welcomed the president's visit, with Brown suggesting they set aside political differences since it "now is a time to pull together for the people of California".

Along his drive, several signs thanked Trump for coming but one called him a "moron".

"They (officials) are talking a lot about giving out free food, toiletries and all that but what about shelter, that's the main concern", said Christina Flores, who lost her home in Paradise.

In Chico, volunteers had erected a tented encampment for evacuees.

The remains of five more people were discovered on Saturday in northern California as firefighters continue to battle the wildfire that has been raging for over a week and is so far only 55 percent contained.

Officials say the large fluctuation is occurring as investigators try to compile all the missing person reports from calls, reports and emails since the fire began on 8 November.

Rescuers with sniffer dogs have been conducting house-to-house searches.

Additional rounds of rain are expected in northern California, near the devastating Camp Fire, Thursday and Friday, according to Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll.