President Donald Trump will travel to California on Monday and will visit McClellan Park in Sacramento County, where he will be briefed by local and federal fire and emergency officials, the White House said Saturday. McClellan Park has served as the base for firefighter operations in the state and will update the President on the current situation.
The California stop will come on the last day of a three-day presidential swing through the West, which begins Saturday and includes campaign events in Nevada and Arizona.
Since mid-August, Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom have spoken by phone, and the White House and Federal Emergency Management Agency have remained in contact with state and local officials throughout the response to the disasters, White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Trump publicly addressed the fires for the first time Friday on Twitter, thanking the 28,000 firefighters and first responders battling the fires in California, Oregon and Washington.
The president has approved a major disaster declaration for California, which began Aug. 14, for individual and public assistance. The administration also has approved 10 fire management assistance grants and 24 grants for other Western states. The grants provide a 75% federal cost share for the mitigation, management and control of fires. Trump said he has approved 37 Stafford Act Declarations, authorizing the FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.
More than 26,000 federal personnel and 230 helicopters have been deployed to the region to fight these fires.
Trump and his administration continue to monitor wildfires impacting states across the West, including Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, Deere said.
At least 26 people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed in the fires in several states. California has reported at least 19 deaths, while Oregon has reported 6 and Washington state has had one.
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