Woolsey fire explodes to 70,000 acres overnight; 2 deaths reported amid fight to save hillside communities – Los Angeles Times – cut throat politics in the midst of tragedy

Trump approved a state-of-emergency declaration but on Saturday once again attacked California, claiming erroneously that poor forest management policies caused the fires, even though the Woolsey fire didn’t occur in a forest. “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” Trump wrote. Trump has threatened to cut off funding over fire policy before, but has never been specific. California officials have rejected his criticism and said he’s playing politics. Environmentalists believe Trump is trying to use fire prevention as an excuse to raid California’s forests. They contend he is making a move to open ecologically sensitive public land for timber production, as well as for potential solar, wind, broadband infrastructure, mining, off-road vehicles and grazing uses.

Source: Woolsey fire explodes to 70,000 acres overnight; 2 deaths reported amid fight to save hillside communities – Los Angeles Times