President Trump on Monday signed a major disaster declaration for the areas affected by the ongoing wildfires in California, following through on a request made over the weekend by California Gov. Jerry Brown (D).
The declaration orders an increase in federal aid to supplement state, local and tribal areas in Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties.
“I just approved an expedited request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California,” Trump tweeted on Monday night. “Wanted to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on. I am with you all the way. God Bless all of the victims and families affected.”
The wildfire has killed 43 people, with nearly 230 people missing in Northern California. Officials say the fires are the most destructive in the state’s history.
Read more at The Hill.