President Trump is planning to visit Northern California on Saturday to view the Camp Fire disaster area in which at least 56 people have died.
According to the White House, Trump will arrive sometime Saturday at Beale Air Force Base north of Sacramento.
It was not immediately known if Trump will travel to Southern California to view the Woolsey Fire area in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Trump had initially lashed out at California’s forest-management policies as a cause of the destructive blazes, but now plans to “meet with individuals impacted by the wildfires,” according to White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters.
Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited the lines of the deadly Woolsey Fire on Thursday, hailing the efforts of firefighters but saying better planning is needed in the future to prevent fires from growing into major disasters.
Brown reiterated his description that massive wildfires are “the new abnormal” due to climate change.
“We’re going to have to manage our forests better,” he said. “We’re gonna have to build our cities more smartly. We’re going to have to build shelters so people can escape when these terrible fires get out of hand. And yes, we’re going to have to deal with climate change.”
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