Trump threatens to cut FEMA funding for California wildfire relief

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But in the latest example of the President's Twitter misspellings, "forest" became "forrest" and soon enough, "forrest Trump".

U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold Federal Emergency Management Agency money to help California cope with wildfires if the state doesn't improve its forest management practices. I have ordered FEMA to send no more money.

In a tweet, President Trump called the situation in California "disgraceful", saying that lives and money could have been saved if the state utilized proper forest management.

"I'm already taking action to modernize and manage our forests and emergency responses", Gov. Newsom tweeted. The Woolsey fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties left three dead and levelled about 1500 structures.

Trump at the same time appeared concerned for California residents in the path of the fires' wrath and unconcerned that cutting off the FEMA aide might put more people at risk of injury, death or losing their homes. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests". He threatened to withhold federal funding if California leaders did not "remedy now".

California utility PG&E Corp.is exploring filing some or all of its business for bankruptcy protection as it faces billions of dollars in liabilities in connection with fatal wildfires in 2018 and 2017, according to Reuters.

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FEMA did not immediately have a comment for the record when asked by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

"FEMA is actively contacting California Wildfire survivors to determine their housing needs and working diligently to identify additional short-term and long-term housing options", a message on FEMA's homepage said hours after Trump posted his tweet.

The president's tweet came after the Camp Fire ravaged parts of the state in November and resulted in 85 deaths - becoming the costliest and deadliest in history for a state that regularly deals with forest fires.

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.

Trump's charge that California has failed to properly manage its forests is inaccurate, Fugate added.

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