Trump’s comment about raking to prevent wildfires gets lambasted by Finns

"And they don't have any problem".

"I mentioned [to] him that Finland is a land covered by forests and we also have a good monitoring system and network", Niinistö told lta-Sanomat, Finland's second-largest paper on Sunday.

But President Sauli Niinisto told a Finnish daily he could not remember talking about raking when the two met.

Reversing course on his threat to cut the state's federal funding if Californians don't solve their forest fire problem, President Donald Trump now says he'll solve it with them.

Except Finland does not have that strategy for managing its vast forest reserves.

Forests cover over 70 percent of Finland's 338,000 square kilometers.

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President Trump's visit Saturday to the fire-ravaged California town of Paradise seemed to be going fine, until he began explaining his understanding of forest policy.

"I perhaps wouldn't compare Finland and California climate-wise",' tweeted Veli-Pekka Kivimäki, a Finnish defense researcher. "They're raking trees, little trees like this - nut trees, little bushes, that you could see are totally dry".

But an expert said while Mr Trump may be right to talk about forest management, raking is not feasible.

Praising the work of firefighters and local officials, President Trump reiterated the need for forest management to prevent and contain wildfires. Trump told Fox News from the Oval Office on Friday - before he left for California.

Strong winds were still complicating efforts to contain the deadliest forest fires in California's history as the death toll rose to 76 with nearly 1,300 unaccounted for. "And when they do, it's a very small problem".

Mr Trump is a noted climate change sceptic, and rejects it exacerbates the conditions which lead to fires. And noted that for every Finn, there are more than 10 acres of forest.

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