Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Brock Long resigns as FEMA administrator

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FEMA administrator Brock Long. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

FEMA administrator Brock Long announced Wednesday that he is resigning from his post. Peter Gaynor will serve as acting administrator.

The big picture: Long had been criticized and investigated by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general for allegedly misusing government vehicles to travel to his home in North Carolina. Though he led FEMA through a record series of natural disasters, per Bloomberg, he and the Trump administration came under significant scrutiny for their response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Trump threatens to end FEMA funds for California wildfires

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President Trump views damage from wildfires in Malibu, California. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump threatened to cut off FEMA funding for California's wildfire relief in a Wednesday tweet, blaming the state's poor land management.

"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen. Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"

Our thought bubble from Axios science editor Andrew Freedman: Climate change is extending wildfire season year-round and increasing the frequency of extreme fires that spread quickly and are harder to contain. Forest management, including "raking" brush, which President Trump has previously advocated, would reduce only some of the risk, fire experts have told Axios.

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