Finns respond to Trump by raking country great again

Police near the aftermath of the Camp Fire this weekend

"He called it a forest nation and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things and they don't have any problem". Brown also suggested in the CBS interview that the wildfires will make believers of even the most ardent climate change skeptics "in less than five years" and that those living near forests might need to build underground shelters to protect them from wildfires going forward.

In response, people in Finland got outside to get raking in big numbers, sharing photos to Twitter to mock the raking remarks with memes.

Like their president, ordinary Finns were baffled by Trump's comments and quickly took to social media to mock the USA president with photos and videos accompanied by hashtags like #RakeFinlandGreatAgain and #RakeNews.

PG&E Corp PCG.N has said it could face liability that exceeds its insurance coverage if its equipment were found to have caused the Camp Fire.

US President Donald Trump visited the area on Saturday.

Trump also backed in his earlier sentiments about raking, expressing his admiration for the fire management of Finland. One user joked they cook sausages on an outdoor grill with theirs and another posed with hers claiming she was "off to perform my civic duty".

Scientists have said the growing frequency and intensity of wildfires in California and elsewhere across the West are largely attributable to prolonged drought that is symptomatic of climate change.

As the fires gradually come under control, the focus will shift from the emergency response to longer-term challenges such as housing the displaced and debating the state's fire strategy. "We don't exactly manicure all of it".

"You've got to take care of the floors", Trump said. "Is that enough? Can I go higher than that?"

Almost 1,300 names are on a list of people unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began in Butte County, authorities said late Saturday.

"If you're watching from NY or you are watching from Washington D.C. you don't really see the gravity of it", Trump said.

He added: "I think people have to see this really to understand it".

While the statement itself appears to be directed at the victims of the fires, the release is officially titled: "A message from The Queen to The President of The United States of America".

Mr Trump first seemed to raise the idea of raking a few days before he made the comments to the California officials in a burnt-out caravan park in the fire-ravaged city of Paradise.

California has 33 million acres of forest, according to a University of California web page.

Trump initially blamed state officials for poor forest management in exacerbating the fires and threatened to cut off federal funding.

Authorities say full containment of the Woolsey fire, in southern California, could be as soon as Friday, Australian time; full containment of the Camp fire, in northern California, is not expected until the end of November.

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