Fact Check: Would forest management get rid of CA wildfires?


President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Olivier Douliery/Pool vi AP)


President Donald Trump said in the presidential debate Tuesday night that California wildfires would not be happening if the state had better forest management, a claim that is misleading for multiple reasons.

Trump said during the debate with Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden that he gets calls every year about the California wildfires and the state needing emergency help.

“If you had good forest management you wouldn’t be getting those calls,” he said. He acknowledged that climate change might contribute, but insisted that proper forest management would be enough.

Scientists have agreed that climate change is a major reason the wildfires in the state have gotten worse, and the majority of

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