President Donald Trump has blamed environmental laws for the California wildfires raging through the state. In a tweet on Sunday, the president said the laws were not allowing water to be properly used—suggesting that was the reason behind the devastating fires that have scorched more than 290,000 acres (117,300 hectares) of land and left at least seven people dead.
California has suffered from a number of wildfires in recent years, with state governor Jerry Brown commenting on Saturday that the fires were “part of a trend, the new normal, that we’ve got to deal with.”
Among the causes for the fires raging in the state are several years of drought combined with high temperatures, windy conditions and vegetation build up—with that vegetation dried out through lack of rain.
California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018