Camp Fire: Trump says he's told FEMA to halt relief money

Cheryl Sanders
January 9, 2019

"It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!" the president said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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"Disasters and recovery are no time for politics", wrote Newsom, who on Tuesday announced an interstate partnership and a pair of executive orders to combat the wildfire problem. "The people of CA ― folks in Paradise ― should not be victims to partisan bickering".

North State Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued a statement in response to President Trump's tweet regarding California FEMA funding. In late December, PG&E could face manslaughter charges if it's found to be responsible for causing any of the state's spate of deadly wildfires, including the horrific Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive blaze in state history.

FEMA has disbursed almost $56 million to Camp Fire survivors and has been working with state officials on plans to remove debris from Paradise, which was virtually destroyed by the fire.

Trump's move targets a state that is home to some of his biggest political rivals, including Democratic U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is leading the fight in Congress against Trump's demands for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall on the Mexican border.

I ask the President to continue supporting our great need for disaster assistance in NorCal, and I will remain an enthusiastic partner for long term solutions for forest management in California and across our tinderbox western states.

The Camp Fire in California a year ago was the costliest natural disaster anywhere in the world in 2018, with a total cost $16.5 billion, according to a report this week by the reinsurance company Munich RE. He made the promise to help, and I expect him to keep it.

Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported last month.

Newsom noted that California has pledged $1 billion over the next five years to ramp up its efforts, which include clearing dead trees that can serve as fuel. Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. The utility said it's doing all it can to reduce wildfire risks. Mr. Trump visited California in November to tour the devastation with then-Gov.

It wasn't clear whether Trump has the power to carry out his threat without Congress' consent.

"California has always been a leader with respect to sound, science-based forest management practices on private land", J. Keith Gilless, a professor of forest economics at the University of California, Berkeley, told NBC News, saying Trump was "at best uninformed".

Another prominent Californian, Sen.

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