There is some good news this weekend related to the California wildfire emergency. Authorities have lifted all evacuation orders and firefighters are making progress on blazes in southern California.

Crews working in steep terrain were tamping down hotspots and keeping an eye on lingering gusts in mountain areas that could carry embers, said Ventura County Fire Capt. Steve Kaufmann.

“I’d say we’re cautiously optimistic,” Kaufmann said, citing calmer winds overall and rising humidity levels.

President Donald Trump has been following the situation in California and had a few remarks related to the state’s eco-activist leadership.

“The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management. I told him from the first day we met that he must ‘clean’ his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him. Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers…..” Trump tweeted.

“Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more,” the tweet continues. “Get your act together Governor. You don’t see close to the level of burn in other states…But our teams are working well together in…..

“….putting these massive, and many, fires out. Great firefighters! Also, open up the ridiculously closed water lanes coming down from the North. Don’t pour it out into the Pacific Ocean. Should be done immediately. California desperately needs water, and you can have it now!”

Trump reiterated his concern on Sunday afternoon to reporters gathered on the White House South Lawn.

“You’ve got fires eating away at California every year because management is so bad,” Trump said. “The governor doesn’t know; he’s like a child, he doesn’t know what he’s doing. And I’ve been telling them this for two years. They’ve got to take care of it. Every year it’s always California, it’s rarely somebody else or someplace else.”

Trump has repeatedly taken aim at California since taking office nearly three years ago, often over environmental issues. He has previously criticized the state for not properly “raking” the forest floors to help prevent fires and threatened to cut off Federal Emergency Management aid. Experts have pointed to climate change-related reasons for the uptick in wildfire frequency and strength in recent years.

How did Newsom respond? With the poise and dignity one would expect from the general of the anti-Trump #Resistance!

The #CancelCulture approach did not go over very well among those of us who realize the combination of green policies, poor land management, and deteriorating power infrastructure created the conditions that fueled the wildfires and led to the preventative blackouts.

Personally, I am betting that Trump’s campaign team will make California the focus of several ads for 2020 . . . as cautionary tales in what really happens in progressive utopias.


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