- President Donald Trump said during a television briefing in Sacramento on Monday that “explosive trees” may have helped set a record-breaking wildfire.
- Trees don’t spontaneously burst into flames, so it’s unclear what Trump meant.
- But Trump has long argued that forest fires could be eliminated if forests were cleaned of dead trees, leaves, and debris.
- Scientists have said that climate change can cause drivers and hot conditions, which puts areas at higher risk of wildfires.
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President Donald Trump incorrectly claimed that “explosive” trees helped fuel California’s record-breaking wilderness.
Speaking during a brief briefing in Sacramento on Monday, he said that dry trees can “just explode”, as part of a long-standing argument that the forests end if the trees are cleared of dead trees and debris. Will be done.
“You can knock it down for nothing,” Trump said. “You go to Europe … They are very, very strong on management, and they have no problem. As they say – California has more explosive trees than us.”
On calling he doubled down on the statement “Fox & Friends” Tuesday Morning,: “They have forest cities in Europe … They don’t have this kind of fire, and they have more explosive trees. They have trees that will catch easier, but they keep their fire .. . They dilute the fuel. ” On the ground, what are the leaves. ”
Currently more than 85 major fires are burning on the West Coast from California to Washington. This year, a fire in California has burned more than a million acres and drove thousands out of their homes.
It is unclear what Trump meant when he said that the trees “explode”, because the trees do not spontaneously engulf in flames. Officials say the current fire was caused by a number of things, ranging from lightning strikes to an explosive gender-reveal party gone wrong.
The scientific community has said that climate change can lead to wilderness and forest conditions that put people at high risk of wildfires in areas such as California.
According to Wade Crowfoot, the Secretary of California said, “If we ignore that science and put our head in the sand and think it’s all about vegetation management, we won’t be able to save Californians.” . ”
In August, Trump blamed California for extensive forest cover in the state, saying it would withhold federal funds if officials did not “clean up” the forests.
After Trump suggested uprooting the forests last year, Chris Field, director of the Stanford Wood Institute for the Environment, told the Associated Press that clearing debris should not be the main solution.
“I agree with the President that fuel shortages and fire breaks are important,” he said. “But they are just getting started. We need to upgrade homes and businesses and make them more fire resistant, improve faulty locations around buildings, and reduce the extent of ignition.