President Donald Trump will visit California today (Sept. 14) to survey damage caused by the wildfires. Trump’s visit will mark an end to his West Coast campaigning over the weekend. Firefighters across the West Coast are battling at least 100 major fires. The fires have scorched 3.2 million acres acres and killed at least 24 people in California.
According to Fox 11, Trump will visit McClellan Park in Sacramento County. The park has served as a base for Cal Fire operations. Trump also spent the weekend holding rallies in Nevada for his reelection campaign. The president took to Twitter to offer his support first responders and firefighters in California.
In 2018, Trump surveyed the damage caused by wildfires during that year. Back then, he toured the state with former Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom. According to Daily Mail, it’s unclear if Newsom will join the president on his current tour of the damages.
Wildfires have burned millions of acres in California, Oregon and Washington state.
Wildfires continue to burn not only across California but also in Washington State and Oregon where 11 people have been killed. Four people have been arrested for arson. The El Dorado expanded in California ignited after a gender reveal party caused the blaze. But a series of storms and lightning strikes have been the causes of majority of the fires.
“We anticipate that number (of deaths) may potentially go up as we get back into areas that have been ravaged by flame and obviously, smoke begins to clear,” Newsom said.
In northern California, firefighters have been battling the biggest recorded fire in state history. The August Complex Fire measures 877,477 acres. The Complex fire formed when multiple forest fires combined. According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the fire, since igniting, has burned through areas in the Mendocino National Forest, the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Six Rivers National Forest.
[H/T: Daily Mail]