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Newsom Under Fire for California Wildfire Claims

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s wildfire management claims are in dispute following a report that claims he misled the public about his accomplishments. “Governor Newsom’s deceitfulness and half steps don’t cut it. He is a self-serving hypocrite who needs to get his priorities straight,” Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff) said in a press release in response to the NPR and CapRadio report. “Rather than spending money in the budget to create several new do-nothing state agencies, his priority should be saving people, wildlife and property from devastating wildfires, like the tragic 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise.” The June 23 report said the governor slashed about $150 million from Cal Fire’s wildfire prevention budget in 2020, ahead of the worst fire season in modern history. The report also accused Newsom of exaggerating by 690 percent the number of acres treated with fuel breaks and prescribed burns. Newsom claimed his executive order included 35 …

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