‘Get Your Act Together’: Trump Threatens To Pull Federal Support As California Fires Rage

As Californians grapple with this year’s annual fire season, President Trump has a message for Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom; clean up your act.

“The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management. I told him from the first day we met that he must “clean” his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Trump then threatened to withhold federal money, which California receives every time they declare a state of emergency.

“Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers,” he continued. “Every year, as the fire’s [sic] rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more. Get your act together Governor.

“You don’t see close to the level of burn in other states…But our teams are working well together in putting these massive, and many, fires out. Great firefighters! Also, open up the ridiculously closed water lanes coming down from the North. Don’t pour it out into the Pacific Ocean. Should be done immediately. California desperately needs water, and you can have it now!”

California state Senator Mike McGuire tweeted “Total crap” in response to Trump, claiming that “Approx 57% of CA’s forest land is owned by the Fed Gov’t. Only 3% is owned by State/local gov’t. THE FEDS HAVE CUT their forest budget by hundreds of millions.”

After more than a week battling around a dozen blazes throughout the state, fire crews have most of the incidents over 70% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. That said, first responders have been slowed down by reports of drones being operated in their airspace.

Two separate instances of drone flights disrupted water-dropping helicopters from attempting structure protection in the nearby city of Santa Paula, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Mike DesForges said.

The helicopters had to set down for 30 to 40 minutes each time,” DesForges said. “The drones are difficult to see and they can be pushed by winds very easily. If they strike one of our helicopters, they could cause it to crash, and if not, we would still need to land that helicopter to perform repairs.” –NPR

On Thursday night, the Maria Fire  broke out near the cities of Ventura and Oxnard to the north of Los Angeles. It is currently 50% contained after burning around 9,400 acres. Following the new blaze, Newsom expanded the state of emergency in Sonoma and Los Angeles.

Maria fire (circled)

To the north, the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County has burned over 77,000 acres and is 76% contained. Over 4,500 fire personnel battled the blaze east of Geyserville.

“They’re still doing a lot of work in those hot spots, and there are still a lot of utility workers in there trying to get services restored,” said Cal Fire spokesman Cleo Doss. “We’re trying to help the people who have already been released get back into the area.”

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, evacuation orders have been lifted for all but a few locations affecting 1,500 people. During the height of the fire, around 185,000 people were evacuated. The fire has destroyed 372 structures, including 175 homes. Four first responders sustained non-life threatening injuries.

via zerohedge

13 comments

  1. MAGA! newsom must straighten out things, but it becoming increasingly evident that he can’t. With all the illegal aliens he has let in to his state that CA must support, he must spend far more money supporting them than it would take to clean up CA, THE SLUMS, FIRES, AND EVERYTHING ELSE!!!
    VOTE RED!!!

    1. TRUMP is exactly on track. Why should the taxpayers of the rest of the nation pay for the damages caused by fire due to the incompetence of the so-called environment imbeciles. They refuse to do control burns and limit the culling of trees that would created long-term fire breaks and now they beg for the rest of us to bail them out? HELL NO!

  2. Newsom needs to be removed from office,
    I feel sorry for normal people who live in California
    News flash newsom taking over the power company
    Will not solve the problem, you should have done
    Something about it before this became a problem

  3. The “GREAT” State of california wants to run the country they way they run their state -Nancy “Ponzi” Pelosi- is a PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHY THEIR STATE IS SO SCREWED UP!
    LET THE CALIFORNIAN POLITICIANS -CITY, COUNTY. STATE, and FEDERAL, as well as THE PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR THEM, PUT UP THE MONEY…, AFTER ALL THEY HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS ABOUT WHAT TO DO…, ABOUT ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! And, APPARENTLY THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA ARE ENTIRELY HAPPY ABOUT THEIR POLITICIANS…. SO THEY SHOULD PAY THE BILL FOR THEIR COMMUNIST-BASED, ENDEAVORS!

  4. Let California take care of their own state, they have thumbed their noses to the federal government so many times to push their leftist agenda. Like my dad always told me, “you made your bed, now you’re going to have to lie in it”, so should California. Let them take all the illegals their so fond of, go help put out the fire !

  5. This is why Trump deserves a 2nd term. He doesn’t sugar coat anything w/ these self-righteous State Governor’s. Trump is also right calling the radical environmentalist Newsom’s Bosses. The self-righteous elitist snobs that know everything about the environment & you will be yelled down too if there is a dissenting opinion. CA is a mess because of the Democraps, the Left, PC & SJW’s insanity. CARB has ruined the livelihoods & lives of many in the Forestry Industry. The radical environmentalist & CARB have ruined the majority of CA business climate. Yet in 2020, there are some who want a Demo-rat in the WH? How Blind & Stupid!!

  6. California has shown the middle finger to Trump and conservatives for a long time and then come whining to get dollars from the federal piggy bank when their behavior/policies have terrible consequences! Actions have consequences…sorry.

  7. I read a lot of John Steinbeck books when I was younger. In his books he often mentions the fires that occurred in California each year. The point is these fires have been happening for a long time. Even before there were electrical lines to blame them on. When I lived in California I remember that you could get a huge fine for throwing a cigarette on the ground. Hell you could get a huge fine for littering. Those days are gone apparently because these days trash is strewn everywhere in California. I was in San Francisco a year or so ago and it looked like they had given up on trash collection. With all the homeless they have invited with their sanctuary cities and legal weed – not to mention the free handouts – it stands to reason like everywhere else the homeless make camps in the woods. They couldn’t possibly leave an unattended fire or toss cigarettes at will huh? It has to be the power companies fault. As I said these fires have been occurring for a long – long time. The people in California cannot wait to tell you how smart and “enlightened” they are – Yet in all these years they have never thought to install desalination plants along their coast to provide water to keep these area from catching fire – they don’t recycle their sewage and supply “gray water” either – they could fill lakes with the stuff for irrigation and fire fighting purposes. But know they are busy cutting funding to the electrical utilities in favor of solar and windmills. They are also so prepared for the production of this solar power that they forgot – they are “eco-warriors” – they cannot have all of that toxic s**t left over from the production of these solar panels in THEIR back yard can they? NO they ship it out of state so that it is someone else’s problem. Their greed and arrogance is coming back to bite them hard on their asses now ain’t it?

  8. I am from California myself. The people here are real stupid. Brown really screwed things up. And what did they do, they put someone that is just as screwed up. I can see why Trump is upset about the Federal lands are managed. But the state government will not listen. Now we have the highest gasoline prices in the country. The reason is the taxes and the special blend of fuel. And with the high taxes we should have the best roads in the world. But no! The take several years to widen freeways by two lanes each way. (Interstate 5 in Southern California )is taking ten years to do a two year project. Then they try the high speed rail project that was OVER BUDGET BEFORE IT EVEN Started to build it. No they are hoarding the funds and crying for more. It has gotten so bad that almost all the heavy industries have left the state. All that is left is distribution and agriculture that the farmers are screaming for water so they can grow there crops. So what the state does is let the water go to the ocean. With the heavy industries gone so is the work that supplies them. We have the Salton Sea that is dieing and the health of the people in southern part of state is having breathing issues and the state sits on there hands. YOU ARE RIGHT THE DO NOTHING DEMOCRATICS!! YEA TEAM!!!

  9. In case you do not Know Gavin Newsome is Nancy Pelosi’s Nephew ! , and then we have Adam Schiff whos sister is married to George Sorro Son ,, Democrats or traitors backed by Communists

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