Death toll in California wildfire rises to match state’s deadliest

Interesting how an article can go from a great sadness to politics in a split second.


The death toll from several wildfires raging in California rose to at least 31 on Sunday.

Twenty-nine people have died in the Camp Fire in Northern California, which matches the deadliest fire in state history.

More than 200 people remain unaccounted for.

The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has scorched 83,275 acres over the last few days, leaving at least two people dead.

Top firefighters on Sunday pushed back against President Trump’s tweets blaming California’s deadly wildfires on “gross mismanagement.”

“His comments are reckless and insulting to the firefighters and people being affected,” said Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Brian K. Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters, called Trump’s threat to withhold federal aid unless state authorities improve forest management and prevent such disasters “ill-informed, ill-timed, and demeaning.”

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