Donald Trump Should Visit California and 'Learn the Facts' About Wildfires, California Firefighter Association Says

The president of the Pasadena Firefighters Association called on President Donald Trump to "learn the facts" about the destructive and deadly wildfires in California. Scott Austin blasted the president for claiming poor "forest management" were to blame for the fires.

"Mr. President, with all due respect, you are wrong. The fires in So. Cal are urban interface fires and have NOTHING to do with forest management," Austin tweeted from the association's account. "Come to SoCal and learn the facts & help the victims."

The remark was a response to Trump's claim that bad forest management was to blame for the wildfires plaguing the state.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California expect that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many live lost, all because of gross mismanagement fo the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" the president tweeted on Saturday. California overwhelmingly rejected the Republican party that Trump now leads at the polls last week.

The president was quickly criticized for his comments by at least two other firefighters associations. At least 23 people have been killed in a forest fire engulfing the city of Paradise in Northern California and two others have died in Southern California.

The chiefs of the California Professional Firefighters and the International Association of Fire Fighters released statements on Sunday slamming the president for his remarks.

"To make crass suggestions such as cutting off funding during a time of crisis shows a troubling lack of real comprehension about the disaster at hand and the dangerous job our firefighters do," Harold Schaitberger, General President of the IAFF said. The organization represents paid full-time firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in the U.S. and Canada.

Schaitberger went on to call the president's remarks "reckless and insulting."

CPF President Brian K. Rice meanwhile called Trump's comments "ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning." Rice said, "The president has chosen instead to issue an uniformed political threat aimed squarely at the innocent victims of these cataclysmic fires."

"We would encourage the president to offer support in word and deed, instead of recrimination and blame," Rice added. "Families are in mourning, thousands have lost homes, and a quarter-million Americans have been forced to flee."

The president later tweeted, "Our hearts are with those fighting the fires, the 52,000 who have evacuated, and the families of the 11 who have died. The destruction is catastrophic. God Bless them all."

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Sheriff deputies walk through a neighborhood destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 10, near Paradise, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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