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President Orders End to FEMA Money for California Wildfire Recovery

President Orders End to FEMA Money for California Wildfire Recovery

Likely recognizing his spelling errors, Trump quickly deleted the tweet and re-uploaded another with the correct spelling.

In November, the president blamed poor forest management for the wildfires that wreaked havoc across the state.

Wildfire survivors in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties had been eligible for federal funds. "I'm already taking action to modernize and manage our forests and emergency responses". Another 40 percent is held by companies, Native American tribes or families.

The California governor joined those of OR and Washington in asking the White House for more federal funding and assistance with forest management.

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

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KCAL-TV reported that FEMA has already approved more than $48.7 million in funds to 6,646 applicants affected by the Camp and Woolsey Fires that devastated the state a year ago.

California utility company PG&E Corp is exploring filing some or all of its business for bankruptcy protection as it faces billions of dollars in liabilities related to fatal wildfires in 2018 and 2017, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Fire control is not Trump's only grievance with the Golden State, which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Newsom in November.

"Declaring disasters is entirely the president's discretion; FEMA only makes recommendations", Fugate said in a phone interview.

Much of California's forests is federally managed or privately owned, putting them outside the state's authority to manage. "I would under no circumstances say that Cal Fire and the state of California are neglecting this", he said, referring to the state fire agency.

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Trump's latest Twitter outburst toward California came as the state's newly elected Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed an additional $105 million in spending to prevent, counter, and recover from wildfires.

"When fires strike or the earth shakes, [California] needs to be prepared", Newsom tweeted Tuesday, his first full day in office.

The Camp Fire in California previous year 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.

Trump also at one point linked imports of Canadian lumber to the deadly California wildfires, which forced thousands to flee from their homes.

During his trip to France a few days earlier, Trump tweeted: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

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