President Trump will visit California on Monday to assess the damage caused by widespread forest fires up and down the West Coast.
He will go to McClellan Park in Sacramento County to join federal fire and emergency services and be familiar with the fires.
The president approved a major declaration of disaster for the country, in effect on August 14th, to approve individual and public aid.
“Since mid-August, President Trump and Gov. Newsom have been on the phone, and the White House and FEMA have been in constant contact with government and local officials during the response to these natural disasters,” White House spokesman Judd Deer said in a statement. “The president continues to support those fighting wildfires in locally executed, state-run and federally assisted emergency response.”
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The Trump administration has approved 10 fire management grants and 24 grants to other states to provide 75 percent of the federal share of fire control costs. More than 26,000 federal personnel and 230 helicopters were stationed in the region.
Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming also receive federal aid for fires affecting their state.
Reducing winds and rising humidity have helped firefighters fight deadly flames in Oregon and California, but with dozens still missing, authorities in both countries fear the retreating flames could reveal many more dead in the blackened landscape.
In California, the smoke, which turned the sky orange this week, also helped crews prepare for the state’s deadliest fire this year. Smoke helps block the sun by lowering temperatures and raising humidity, officials said.
Nine people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been confirmed dead in California after lightning fires broke out weeks ago. They turned into a monstrous fire that largely destroyed Berry Creek, a small village at the foot of the Sierra Nevada northeast of San Francisco.
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Oregon authorities have not released an exact number of deaths, but at least eight deaths have been reported from the fires. Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that tens of thousands have been forced to flee their homes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.