Trump Set to Visit California to Assess Damage Done By Deadly Wildfires

White House says Trump will visit California on Monday to receive briefing on wildfires

Those incendiary conditions gave way over the weekend to cooler, moister weather and calmer winds, enabling tired firefighters to gain ground in efforts to outflank blazes that had burned largely unchecked last week.

Relief from putrid, unsafe air spewing from massive wildfires across the West won't come until later in the week or beyond, scientists and forecasters say, and the hazy and gunk-filled skies might stick around for even longer.

Trump replied: "It'll start getting cooler".

And with wildfires getting larger and more destructive because of climate change and more people living closer to areas that burn, it's likely smoke will shroud the sky more often in the future.

Back in 2018, Trump tweeted that there is no reason for deadly fires in California "except that forest management is so poor" and said that wildfires intensified due to bad environmental legislation "not allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilised".

About 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares) of land have been burned in the state, according to Cal Fire.

Health officials urged people to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed.

"Today we honor their courage", Trump said.

"Since mid-August, President Trump and Governor Newsom have spoken by phone and the White House and FEMA have remained in constant contact with State and local officials throughout the response to these natural disasters", White House press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement. Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. The flames have turned homes into rubble, forced tens of thousands to flee and shrouded the region with smoke so thick that air quality was some of the worst in the world.

As the smoke that has been clogging the air and blocking heat from the sun begins to lift, firefighters expect the weather to heat up and fire activity could increase, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.


"It's going to take a substantially strong weather pattern to move all the smoke", Borsum told a fire briefing Sunday night.

Joe Smith, advocacy director for Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, which attends to homeless people, said California's capital city hasn't seen consistent blue skies in weeks. People without homes have been grappling with an onslaught of disasters this year. I mean people don't like to do cuts, but they have to do cuts in between.

Twana James, who lives in a tent in Sacramento, coughed several times, trying to clear her throat, saying her voice is not usually so hoarse.

"We got hella ashes from the fires, everything is covered in ashes", she said.

Places like the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland are being used as shelters for people who need a dose of healthy air. Though the wildfires are predominantly on Federal land, he blamed state agencies for failing to carry out sufficient forest management.

"That's what's standing out - there just isn't a place in OR right now to find fresh air", Darling said.

"The hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting drier", he said.

Tyler Kranz, a meteorologist at Portland's National Weather Service office, said for the smoke to disperse OR will need strong enough winds blowing from the ocean towards land - but there needs to be a "perfect balance" of wind so that it disperses smoke but doesn't further ignite fires.

The state is also deploying its National Guard to flattened neighbourhoods and up to 1,000 troops will be there by the weekend, the head of the Oregon National Guard said. "Maybe we're just going to have to make them pay for it because they don't listen to us". Every day, I hear a family displaced.

"That's the hard part for little kids". "Eventually, they want to go outside".

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