Finnish President: I Didn't Talk To Trump About Raking To Prevent Wildfires

Trump hails Finnish forest management

"And they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don't have any problem".

"And they don't have any problem". He remembered telling Mr Trump "we take care of our forests" but could not recall raking coming up.

Niinisto told Finland's Ilta-Sanomat newspaper that he and Trump had discussed California wildfires during their brief meeting in Paris on November 11.

Even before those comments, Trump received a slew of criticism for a tone-deaf response to a state hurting badly from the human and economic impact of its most deadly wildfire in history, and where nearly 1300 people are listed as missing.

Almost 1,300 people remain unaccounted for as wildfires devastate California.

But an expert said while Mr Trump may be right to talk about forest management, raking is not feasible.

Donald Trump left the president of Finland puzzled yesterday after suggesting that raking is part of the Scandinavian country's routine for managing its substantial forests.

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Stuff reports that, according to Ms Valachovic, raking is an effective way to clear light debris like leaves and pine needles away from buildings. "They were raking areas!"

Meanwhile, Yrjo Niskanen, head of emergency preparedness at Finland's national forest centre, said the USA president may have been referring to the practice of removing branches and loose material left in the forest after logging.

However, a Finnish biologist has written an email to Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo that goes into great detail about why it's nonsensical to say that Finland is able to contain forest fires through raking.

At the weekend Mr Trump visited areas in northern and southern California that have been devastated by two massive wildfires.

Hundreds of people have already been located, but the overall number keeps growing because officials are adding names, including those reported as missing during the disaster's chaotic early hours, he said. "If you've seen photos of these neighborhoods they're not even neighborhoods anymore!" The wildfire is considered the deadliest in the Golden State's history, with 79 deaths attributed to the fire as of Monday, and over 15,000 structures destroyed.

In Southern California's Woolsey Fire at least three people have died.

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