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Trump threatens to cut US funding for California wildfires

Wildfires ravage Northern California
Posted at 8:59 AM, Nov 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 02:20:26-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to cut U.S. funding to California for aid during wildfires that have burned across the state during dry winds this fall.

Trump tweeted Sunday that California Gov. Gavin Newsom has done a "terrible job of forest management." He tweeted that when fires rage, the governor comes to the federal government for help. "No more," the president tweeted.

Newsom didn't immediately comment.

However, the state controls just a small percentage of forest land. The federal government manages most of it.

Last year Trump made a similar threat as wildfires devastated Malibu and Paradise, California — accusing the state of "gross mismanagement" of forests.

At the time Newsom defended California's wildfire prevention efforts while criticizing the federal government for not doing enough to help protect the state.

Two months after that tweet Newsom declared a wildfire emergency and fast tracked brush clearing projects across the state.

10News spoke with Cal Fire on who is responsible for clearing forest land in San Diego county. Public Information Officer Thomas Shoots said it depends on the property owner.