President Trump declares state of emergency for California wildfires

Posted at 11:42 AM, Jul 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-28 14:42:22-04

President Trump declared a State of Emergency in California Saturday, due to massive wildfires burning from San Diego to Mendocino County.

In a statement provided by the white house, Trump said he is authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist firefighters across the state, where more than 120,000 acres have burned.

Thursday Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the Carr fire, burning in Shasta County, and requested emergency aid from the White house. 

800 National Guard troops are in Northern California on the fire lines as of Saturday morning. Two firefighters have been killed in the Carr Fire, at least three residents are considered missing.

Other large blazes across the state include the Ferguson fire in Mariposa County, which has prompted the closure of Yosemite National Park and the Cranston Fire in Riverside County.