California Governor Jerry Brown held a press conference on Sunday afternoon to address the multiple fires burning throughout the state. After requesting a 'presidential major disaster declaration' for more federal funding, Gov. Brown told residents and reporters on Sunday that the state's battle with wildfires is far from over.
"This is truly a tragedy that all Californians can understand and respond to," Gov. Jerry Brown said. "It's a time to pull together and work through these tragedies."
“And this new abnormal will continue certainly into the next 15 to 20 years,” He said, adding that "things like this will be part of our future - things like this and worse."
Brown claimed that the state's increasingly warm and dry climate could make wildfires even more common in the future. But when President Trump first tweeted about the fires on Saturday, he blamed the state of California for it's 'poor forest management'.
“Managing all the forests everywhere we can does not stop climate change,” Gov. Brown said on Sunday. “And those who say that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we’re now witnessing and will continue to witness in the coming years."
As of Monday morning, the Camp fire in Northern California had killed at least 29 with hundreds of people still missing. The Woolsey fire burning in Malibu, Westlake Village, and Thousand Oaks has also reported at least two deaths.
“We have the best firefighters and first responders in the country working in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable," Brown said in a news release. "We’re putting everything we’ve got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid. To those who have lost friends and family members, homes and businesses, know that the entire state is with you. As Californians, we are strong and resilient, and together we will recover.”
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