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

He remembered telling Mr Trump "we take care of our forests" but could not recall raking coming up.

He then said, "You've got... You know the floors of the forest, very important", Trump told reporters, as Gov.

Niinistö told the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, a CNN affiliate, that the subject of raking was never brought up in his conversations with Trump. And when it is, it's a very small problem.

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

But for advice on raking, a tongue-in-cheek column in the New York Times earlier this month, might be helpful to anyone thinking about raking, including apparently Donald Trump.

Mr Trump praised the emergency services.

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.

"I was with the President of Finland and he said we have.what's different we're forest nation, he called it a forest nation".

Strong winds on Sunday were expected to hamper progress for crews battling California wildfires which have now claimed at least 76 lives.

"I was watching the firemen the other day, and they were raking areas".

As hundreds of searchers continued to sift through rubble in the town of Paradise looking for the dead yesterday, almost 1,300 people remain unaccounted for more than a week after the fire sparked in Butte County. "You wouldn't have the fire". Trump told Fox News from the Oval Office on Friday - before he left for California.

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

The president also visited devastated Malibu but declined to comment on whether climate change specifically was behind the wildfires.

"We will be talking about forest management", he said. It's of much less use on the forest floor, where infernos burn through swaths of brush and other heavy fuels that only heavy machinery can clear.

Asked by Wallace whether climate change factors like rising temperatures and extremely dry fuels could be causes (which they are), Trump said: "Maybe it contributes a little bit".

  • Tracy Klein