Puzzled Finns have taken to Twitter to post pictures of themselves raking the forest after U.S. President Donald Trump said California should learn a lesson from the Nordic country about how to protect itself against wildfires.
Trump made the remark about the fires that have left at least 79 people dead and more than 1,200 others missing, as he surveyed still smoldering remains in Northern California Saturday.
The reaction from Finland included many people posting on Twitter with the hashtag "haravointi", Finnish for raking. "It's like total devastation", Mr Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise and pledged the full support of the federal government.
Fire and forest management experts criticized Trump last weekend for blaming the wildfires on poor forest management and misappropriation of funds.More news: N'Golo Kante agrees new £300,000-a-week contract
But he pointed out that this is not done with a rake - and the wood is collected for energy production.
He said crews "spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things" to clear forest floors.
Finland's President said on Sunday he doesn't remember telling Trump they rake leaves from their forests to prevent fires, a day after Trump said Finland has no problems due to "raking and cleaning".
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Niinisto said their conversation focused on the California wildfires and the surveillance system Finland uses to monitor forests for fires.
"Look at other countries they do it differently".
Forests cover more than 70% of Finland's 338,000 square kilometres. "They're raking trees, little trees like this - nut trees, little bushes, that you could see are totally dry".
Trump went on to argue that firemen were doing double duty while battling the fire because the whole state forgot it was raking season. "You wouldn't have the fire".More news: Westbrook upgraded to questionable for game vs. Kings