Global warming will reverse itself - Trump tells California officials

The charred wreckage of a burned out home and its contents is seen scattered across the home's foundation concrete slab

California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot, argued: "If we ignore that science and sort of put our heads in the sand and think it's all about vegetation management, we're not going to succeed together in protecting California".

On arrival in McClellan Park, near Sacramento in central California, Mr Trump repeated his argument that the ever-growing danger from wildfires in places such as California, Oregon and Washington is due to insufficient maintenance of forest areas to make them less combustible. Trump offered no evidence to support his claim, and wildfire experts and forest managers say raking leaves makes no sense for vast US wilderness and forests.

"When trees fall down after a short period of time, they become very dry - really like a matchstick".

Donald Trump has rejected climate change, stating it will "get cooler" and "I don't think science knows", during a visit to California to view the state's response to wildfires.

"If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze?"

Over the weekend, Biden said the West Coast wildfires may be the start of an "unending barrage of tragedies" if countries across the globe do not curb climate-warming emissions.

"The science is clear, and deadly signs like these are unmistakable - climate change poses an imminent, existential threat to our way of life", Biden said. He pointed not just to wildfires in the West and hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, but also to droughts affecting farmers in the Midwest and even climate-related threats to US military installations around the world.

Wildfires have ravaged parts of California, Oregon and Washington, so far leaving at least 35 people dead and burning almost five million acres.

A man who jumped on a California Highway Patrol vehicle during a protest against President Trump's visit to the state was sent hurtling to the ground when the police cruiser drove off from the demonstration.

Biden, slammed by Republicans for not visiting disaster areas, spoke from his home state of DE on the threat of extreme weather that climate scientists have said is supercharging fires. We feel very strongly the hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting drier.

"These are intense, huge blazes", said Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist and former Democratic presidential candidate.

That striking moment came on a day of dueling campaign events, with Trump and Biden dramatically contrasting their outlooks on climate change -and the impact it has had on the record-setting fires ravaging the West Coast.

Of at least 35 people killed by the blazes since the beginning of summer, 27 died last week alone.

Wildfires have killed at least 35 people, caused massive damage and enveloped many parts of the USA west coast in smoke in recent weeks.

Much of the West Coast remained coated in dense smog through Sunday, with Portland by a distance the world's most air-polluted city according to IQAir.

Buoyed by several days of favorable weather conditions, firefighters were able to construct hand and bulldozer lines around portions of the fire to keep the flames from burning farther. "We absolutely must act now to avoid a future defined by an unending barrage of tragedies like the one American families are enduring across the West today", Biden wrote.

Most of the deaths have occurred in California and OR, where the wildfires are the worst in decades and have been fueled partly by record heat. Improving weather conditions had helped them gain a measure of containment over most of the blazes.

In California, evacuations were ordered for the northern tip of the San Gabriel Valley suburb of Arcadia as the Bobcat Fire threatened communities.

Seven people were still missing in the county, down from 13 reported Saturday, he said.

Paul Clement described to AFP how he fled his home in Berry Creek. However if rains fail to come, then strong winds can spread fires more easily as happening during 2018's deadly Camp Fire.

California alone has seen 3.3 million acres burn - an annual record, with almost three months of the fire season still to come - and over 4,100 structures destroyed.



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