Neil Young loses northern California home to wildfires, hits back at Trump for blaming state authorities

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      Wildfires are once again raging across California.

      So far, authorities have recorded 25 deaths and thousands of properties damaged.

      Among them is Neil Young's home in northern California, the Canadian classic-rock icon revealed on his website last night (November 11).

      "California is a paradise for us all," Young writes there. "A gift. We are sad to not be able to defend it against Mother Nature's wrath. We are not ill-prepared. we are up against something bigger than we have ever seen. It's too big for some to see at all. Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives. I have heard that said countless times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another."

      Young's mention of preparations is in reference to a message that U.S. president Donald Trump posted on Twitter on November 10.

      "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor," he wrote shortly after midnight. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

      Young responded by suggesting that the fires are more likely related to climate change, which scientists have explained is contributing to hotter and drier weather in California.

      "California is vulnerable—not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think,” Young writes. “We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it.

      "Our temperatures are higher than ever here in our hottest summer on records," he continues. "That has not helped. DT seems to be the Denier....It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. Maybe our new Congress can help. I sure hope so.

      "Hopefully we can come together as a people to take Climate Change on. "We have the tools and could do it if we tried. There is no downside."

      On November 12, the fires continued to burn in both the north and the south of California.

      In the north, the Camp Fire, located north of Sacramento, has burned more than 113,000 acres, according to the Los Angeles Times.

      In the south, the Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire, both located just east of Los Angeles, have burned 91,000 acres, including large sections of Malibu.

      "A lack of wind over the weekend allowed firefighters to gain significant ground and put containment lines into place," reads an update on the Woolsey Fire published by the L.A. Times on November 12.
      "However, officials are expecting Santa Ana winds to kick up Monday and gain strength through Tuesday, which could lead to extreme fire behavior, said Cal Fire Division Chief Chris Anthony."

      On November 11, Trump repeated his previous attack on California and again blamed state authorities for the fires.

      "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get Smart!," Trump wrote.

      Trump might not have been aware that forestry management as it pertains to wildfires mitigation is partly the responsibility of his federal government, and not the state of California alone.

      "The overriding objective of the Forest Service's forest management program is to ensure that the National Forests are managed in an ecologically sustainable manner," the website of the U.S. Forest Service reads. "Forest management objectives have since expanded and evolved to include ecological restoration and protection, research and product development, fire hazard reduction, and the maintenance of healthy forests."

      Young has spoken out as a vocal advocate for environmental preservation for nearly 50 years.

      "Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970s," he sings famously on his 1970 song, "After the Gold Rush".