Bush Got a First-Hand Look at Calif. Wildfires

July 17, 2008 8:31:46 PM PDT
President Bush is in northern California to survey the damage caused by a series of wildfires.Over two-thousand fires continue to burn around the state. The president promised federal aid and offered encouragement to the 25-thousand firefighters still at work.

President Bush was greeted by Governor Schwarzenegger as he arrived in Redding to be briefed on the largest single fire event in state history.

The president then took to the air to see first-hand the devastation caused by the massive wildfires. Some areas in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest continue to burn. 14-hundred square miles have gone up in flames.

"I'd like to possibly can."

The president praised the efforts of the California smoke jumpers as well as all the weary firefighters.

"I want to say, very courageous,."

Most of the fires are now contained but the battle has strained the state's fire-fighting resources, the governor was appreciative of the federal support.

FEMA will reimburse the state 31-million dollars in public assistance funding to Cal Fire. And 75-percent of firefighting costs.

President Bush remains in Northern California.

Later Thursday night he will attend a Republican National Committee Fundraiser in Napa.
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