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>> The fire is still currently under investigation.>> As fire officials work to find the causes of multiple ragging wildfires in California, the president in resent tweets has pointed the finger at what he called gross mismanagement of the forests. That sparked criticism from the state's fire fighters, celebrities, and Governor Jerry Brown.
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Who said that climate change was largely to blame.>> Managing all the forests in every way we can does not stop climate change. And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we're now witnessing and will continue to witness.>> So who's right? Los Angeles correspondent Nichola Groom says it's not that simple.
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>> It's not just forest overgrowth. It's not just climate change that's contributing to these devastating wildfires that we're seeing in California. It's been a century of our forests overgrowing, combined with the high temperatures and the drought conditions that we're seeing, really has created a perfect storm, if you will, for these devastating wildfires.
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>> In truth, both California and the federal government, which actually controls nearly 60% of the state's forests, are mostly in agreement. That a more aggressive and comprehensive approach to forest management needs to be implemented, and Groom says California has already taken action.>> In the last year, California has taken several measures to improve the management of its forests and mitigate the risks of wildfires.
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And that includes passing a bill last month that will increase the amount of money used for forest management as well as increasing the amount of prescribed burning that the state does to thin out forests. Fighting fires aggressively as they come up has not been working for California's forests.
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And what's needed is a more comprehensive approach to forest management to keep them healthy for the long-term.