US President Joe Biden has approved a disaster declaration for California and will travel to Sacramento to survey the damage caused by recent wildfires, the White House said on Sunday.
“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announces that a major disaster exists in the state of California and orders federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the Caldor fire beginning on August 14, 2021 Delivered, and continues to be, the White House said late Sunday.
More than 6,800 major and minor wildfires have blackened an estimated 689,000 hectares in California alone this season, leaving available firefighting forces and equipment dangerously thin.
Experts say the flames are fueled by extremely hot, dry conditions, a symptom of climate change during the summer fire season, which is shaping up to be one of the most devastating on record.
Biden said last week that wildfires, tornadoes and floods were hitting every part of the United States, affecting more than 100 million Americans this summer alone, as he called for efforts to boost infrastructure and fight global warming. pressure to invest.
Biden made fighting climate change a key issue of his 2020 presidential campaign and a top priority of his administration, but some of his goals are the U.S.
Congress will pass multi-trillion dollar legislation on infrastructure and other priorities.
This month, Biden declared a state of emergency in California and ordered federal aid to boost responders’ efforts to fight the Caldor fire.
“Additional designations may be granted at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments,” the White House said on Sunday.
The Caldor fire that has been burning since mid-August is 65% contained. According to officials, it has caused 5 injuries and damaged 81 residential, commercial and other structures, destroying over a thousand such structures.