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Zinke (center) at the wildfire scene. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called the country's current forest management principles "unsustainable and unacceptable" when speaking to reporters about California's ongoing wildfires on Tuesday. He called for more focus and funding on strategies such as thinning the forests, removing dead and dying trees, insect control and underbrush control to prevent fires.

The big picture: Zinke's comments come on the back of President Trump pointing to "gross forest mismanagement" as the reason for the state's wildfire issues. California is one of the fastest-warming states in the United States. Hotter dry seasons increase evaporation, providing more fuel for fires to burn. In addition, earlier spring snowmelt and later fall rains have helped stretch the fire season to nearly year-round. These are factors that better forest management may not be able to overcome when it comes to preventing major fires.

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Georgia governor declines Trump's request to help overturn election result

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp pushed back on Saturday after President Trump pressed him to help overturn the state's election results.

Driving the news: Trump asked the Republican governor over the phone Saturday to call a special legislative session aimed at overturning the presidential election results in Georgia, per the Washington Post. Kemp refused.

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