Trump describes California fires as "major disaster"[/rtl]
[rtl]Date of release: 2017/10/10 23:46 • 318 times read[/rtl]
(AFP) - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday described forest fires in California as a "major disaster" after the unprecedented fires killed at least 15 people.
"More than 100 people have been taken to hospital for inhalation of smoke and other fire related injuries," the news sites reported.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from northern California, where government fire officials estimate that 17 fires have burned 115,000 acres and have damaged or destroyed more than 2,000 buildings, a house and a resort since Sunday.
According to the White House, Trump spoke with California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday about the fires, agreeing to an urgent declaration of a major disaster and ordering federal aid to government and local recovery efforts.
The White House administration has pledged to work closely with California fire department officials and said additional aid may be provided to other areas.
Vice President Mike Bens said earlier in the day that "Congress will consider a proposed bill next week, including the allocation of 576 million dollars for fighting fires."
California Governor Jerry Praw earlier declared a state of emergency in three counties - Napa, Sanoma and Yuba - "local and rapid road closures due to fire and smoke spreading to the San Francisco Bay Area."
Forests in the western United States often witness fires during the summer months Warm and windy