“Profoundly significant,” California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said he appreciated the federal aid sent by President Donald Trump to fight the raging forest fires that plague the state, according to Fox News on Sept. 14.
President Trump approved the California Disaster Declaration, allowing residents and business owners who suffered losses to access housing subsidies and low-cost loans to recover from the effects of the disaster, according to the White House.
Also, federal cost-sharing funding is available to help pay for risk mitigation activities throughout the state.
As a result of the disaster, 22 people have died and 4,100 buildings have been destroyed so far.
The area burned is 3.3 million acres, an area similar to that of the state of Connecticut.
President Trump has called attention to poor forest management in the state of California, blaming it largely for the fires that periodically ravage large areas of land, resulting in loss of life and property.
President Trump has recommended weed clearing and other prevention measures such as raking forest floors and implementing controlled burns.
Newsom acknowledged his administrative responsibility for these disasters.
“We have not done justice to our forestry management,” Newsom said. “We recognize our role and our response.”
For Bill Patzert, a climatologist with decades of experience at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, the mass migration influences California’s ecology. The population has nearly doubled over the past few decades.
“We’ve moved to areas where we classically never built because they were burned areas,” Patzert said. “When you create this huge megalopolis of 20 million people [in Southern California], you create your own heat,” Patzert said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Pyrogeographer and Plains Miwok fire expert Don Hankins says California’s wildfires are worse because of centuries of colonization that suppressed Indigenous land management through controlled burning. He says a return to those practices could foster greater climate resiliency,” tweeted @democracynow.
Pyrogeographer and Plains Miwok fire expert Don Hankins says California's wildfires are worse because of centuries of colonization that suppressed Indigenous land management through controlled burning. He says a return to those practices could foster greater climate resiliency. pic.twitter.com/2y8YXJdDz2
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) September 15, 2020
Although Newsom believes the fires are caused by so-called climate change, as well as Democrats in general, Gov. Jay Inslee, governor of the state of Washington. a Democrat, called them “climate fires,” according to Townhall.
Fires similar to those in California are sweeping through forests across much of the West Coast. Despite climate change theories, police are arresting the arsonists who cause destructive fires.