The US president, who has blamed the widespread blazes on poor forest management, visited the state on Monday.
Wade Crowfoot, California Secretary for National Resources, told Mr Trump: « We had temperatures explode this summer. You may have learned that we broke a world record in Death Valley. 130 degrees fahrenheit, (54C], but even in greater LA 120 plus degrees.
« If we ignore that science, put our heads in the sand and think it’s all about vegetation management, we’re not going to succeed in protecting Californians. »
Today 16,500 firefighters are battling 28 major wildfires statewide. The latest numbers on all active wildland fires at: https://t.co/6s2QmGvwFi pic.twitter.com/KjMggPUNs9
More than 30 people have been killed in the fires raging across the west coast states of Oregon, California and Washington.
Thousands of homes, more than four million acres and half dozen small towns have been destroyed since August.
In Oregon, where state officials have said they expect « mass casualty incidents », search and rescue teams have been going through gutted homes in more than half a dozen communities looking for human remains.
Joe Biden, Mr Trump’s Democratic challenger in November’s presidential election, condemned his opponent’s lack of « leadership » in combating climate change, calling him a « climate arsonist ».
California Governor Gavin Newsom admitted to reporters that the state can do a better job of forest management.
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