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President Orders End to FEMA Money for California Disaster Recovery

President Donald Trump says he has ordered FEMA to stop sending money to California for wildfire recovery if the state does not meet certain criteria.

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 8:06 AM
Updated: Jan 9, 2019 5:25 PM

WASHINGTON D.C. - President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold Federal Emergency Management Agency money to help California cope with wildfires if the state doesn't improve its forest management practices.

The President tweeted at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday that California gets billions of dollars for fires that could have been prevented with better management. The state's former top firefighter Ken Pimlott disagrees, saying last month that California leads the nation in clearing away dead trees and thinning areas to remove fuel for fires.

Trump tweeted that, "Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen. Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"

The President has not detailed what criteria the state would have to meet in order to qualify for federal funding. 

November's fire in the northern California town of Paradise was the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, killing at least 85 people and destroying nearly 14,000 homes.

This is a developing story. Check back with Action News Now on air and online for more details. 

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