Trump said raking prevents forest fires in Finland; Finns baffled and bemused


Some took a more creative approach to the task, employing more efficiency to cleaning the forest floor.

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö said the topic of raking never came up in their conversation.

'And they don't have any problem. "And when they do, it's a very small problem".

Finnish people, including their president, were baffled after U.S. President Donald Trump said wildfires weren't a problem in Finland because crews there "spend a lot of time on raking".

Democrats were quick to point out that managing forest fires was a complex issue - and that raking isn't going to solve it.

Trump also told Fox News' Chris Wallace last week that raking could have prevented the fires. "Very important", said Mr. Trump.

Finns woke up to find their country was trending on social media and the comment has inspired them to demonstrate their forest "raking and cleaning" abilities on Twitter.

Speaking from the scene of the devastation on Saturday, the President refused to acknowledge environmental and climate factors, instead telling reporters of how they deal with fires in Finland. "They don't really rake the forests in Finland".

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"They're raking trees, little trees like this - nut trees, little bushes, that you could see are totally dry, weeds".

Strong winds were still complicating efforts to contain the deadliest forest fires in California's history as the death toll rose to 76 with nearly 1,300 unaccounted for. "You wouldn't have the fire".

OK, back to the beginning: this weekend, The Donald traveled to northern California to visit the destruction and tragedy surrounding the Camp Fire - now, the deadliest and most destructive fire EVER in the history of the Golden State.

The rest of the world is joining in too, including Monty Python's John Cleese, who says Finnish raking "helps to cool the wood down".

Ah yes, raking leaves!

'Just an ordinary day in the Finnish forest, ' one user wrote.

The president initially blamed state officials for poor forest management in exacerbating the fires and threatened to cut off federal funding. "But the reality is, to manage every little bit of fuel with a rake is not practical".