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Finland’s president cannot recall informing Donald Trump that raking the forest can help prevent wildfires.

Trump had said that forest fires aren’t a problem in Finland as workers “spend time on raking and cleaning.” Trump was on a visit to Northern California to see the destruction caused by the recent wildfires, and blamed the problem on “forest management.”

He told reporters that he was with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö when the latter apparently called the US a “much different forest nation.” According to Trump, Niinistö had told him that the Finns spent time cleaning the forest, which has helped prevent the occurrence of wildfires.

Niinistö said he had briefly spoken to Trump about forest management and explained how Finland plans to use surveillance systems to monitor its woodlands for blazes. Though he did tell Trump that the Finnish take care of its forests, Niinistö does not recall mentioning anything about raking.

Trump’s comment subsequently sparked a movement among the Finns to get outdoors and start clearing up those fallen leaves. Some took the time to amusingly show how they vacuum the forest, while another video cheekily explains how raking has done a great job at keeping wildfires at bay, instead of crediting Finland’s cold and wet climate.

Other countries have also jumped on the bandwagon, with the Germans grieving about its vulnerable un-raked forests. Meanwhile, the Canadians are demonstrating how they use the Roomba, a robot vacuum, to rake the forest.

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[via Gizmodo, opening image via Evan El-Amin /]

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