Donald Trump Dismisses Climate Concerns As He Visits Fire-Ravaged Western US

Donald Trump Dismisses Climate Concerns As He Visits Fire-Ravaged Western US

President Trump is correct that forest management is important but it does not fully explain the devastation now being wrought across California, Oregon and Washington states. "But then you pull up, and the devastation of just every home, you think of every family and every situation and every burnt-down vehicle, and there are just no words for it".

Scientists say the wildfires are all but inevitable, but that the main drivers are plants and trees drying out due to climate change and more people living closer to areas that burn.

On Monday, the US president travelled to Phoenix, Arizona, where he talked to Governor Gavin Newsom concerning the climate situation and wildfires ravaging across the US West Coast.

However, numerous California blazes have roared through coastal chaparral and grasslands, not forest, and some of the largest are burning on federal land.

Crews in Jackson County, Oregon, where Talent is located, were hoping to venture into rural areas where the Almeda Fire has abated slightly with slowing winds, sending up thick plumes of smoke as the embers burned.

"There are still active fires, power lines are down, trees are down, there are roads that are impassable", said Sheriff Kory Honea, warning evacuees it could take "weeks and weeks" to return to their homes. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration, saying it would bring much needed resources to Oregon's response and recovery efforts.

"Wildfires are burning the suburbs in the West!"

But whether that would have spared towns is less clear. Millions of dollars are spent on such reduction efforts every year in Western states though many argue more needs to be done. "That's inadequate to this state", he said.

A firefighter sprays water on a controlled burn Sunday while fighting the Dolan Fire near Big Sur, Calif. Millions of acres have burned in California and neighboring states this year.

In a separate move Jim Walker, Oregon's state fire marshal, has resigned after being placed on administrative leave. There are no longer enough mills to handle salvageable timber, whose proceeds can help offset the costs of forest thinning.

"And Russia? Is Russia going to change its ways?" he said after landing in McLellan Park, California.

"Talk to a firefighter, if you think that climate change isn't real", the Democratic mayor said on CNN's "State of the Union". "You've got a lot of things that, if that fire for some reason escapes, you're nearly immediately into someone else's property".

He recently called the threat of climate change "undeniable" and "existential".

Warnings of low moisture and strong winds could fan the flames in hard-hit southern OR to Northern California and last through Tuesday.

Thick smoke and ash from the fires have darkened skies over the Pacific Northwest since Labor Day last Monday, creating some of the world's worst air-quality levels and driving residents indoors.

At least 10 people have been killed in OR in the past week.

He said seven people remain missing.

There are 25 fires burning in California, 16 in Washington state, 13 in OR and 10 in Idaho, with other blazes also being recorded in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, according to CNN. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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