The president of the United States, Donald Trump, will visit California next Monday to find out “in situ” the situation in the fight against the multiple fires that burn in the state, one of which is already the largest in its history.
As White House spokesman Judd Deere told Efe on Saturday, the president will travel to McClellan Park, near Sacramento, the Californian capital, where he will meet with local and state authorities to transfer the last hour of the fire efforts. .
“Since mid-August (when the first major fire wave in the state was declared), President Trump and Governor (of California, Gavin) Newsom have been talking on the phone and the White House and Federal Emergency Management Agency have been in constant contact with local and state officials to respond to these natural disasters, ”Deere said.
The government recalled that Trump had already approved in late August a presidential declaration of major disaster for the state, activating aid programs and making federal funds available for affected areas, and described the firefighting efforts as “executed at the level local, state-run and federally supported. “
The president will stop in California after holding several elections over the weekend in neighboring Nevada and Arizona, two key states ahead of November’s presidential election.
California is experiencing the worst year in its recent history of wildfires, with more than 1,214,000 acres burned to date, the highest annual figure ever recorded, and what has traditionally been the “season” »Of fires, in October and November.
Most of the fires broke out in mid-August due to an unusual electrical storm in the region, and since then drought, strong winds and high temperatures have caused them to spread at high speed across the state.
Also this Saturday, the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, released a statement accusing Trump of “denying the reality” of the climate crisis and warning that action must be taken “now” to avoid a future “of tragedies. affects families in the American West these days.
In addition to California, other western states such as Washington, Colorado, Montana and, above all, Oregon, are affected by the fires, which in the latter case have evacuated nearly half a million people and have claimed several fatal lives in the last few hours. EFE