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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (NewsNation Now) — President Trump was briefed in California on the raging west coast fires as he was urged to accept the role climate change may play in the devastation that has claimed dozens of lives and at least two million of acres of land.
The president, who once called climate change a hoax, arrived in the smoke and haze of California Monday and insisted that the bad forest management had turned the woods into matchsticks.
“This is one of the biggest burns we’ve ever seen and we have to do a lot about forest management,” Trump said.
Forest management is the failure to clear dead trees and debris in a timely fashion.
At the forum on the federal, state and local response to the fires, officials acknowledged the president was correct that the California Forestlands do need better management. 57 percent of the forestlands are owned by the federal government.
Officials did say that something bigger than combustible dry brush is making matters worse and that the unremitting heat and five year drought add up to an unavoidable conclusion.
“If we ignore that science and sort of put our head in the sand and think it’s all …
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