President Trump thanks the brave heroes fighting the West Coast wildfires

President Donald Trump says the crews battling those wildfires along the West Coast, are heroes.

He visited California yesterday to survey the damage. He met with California Governor Gavin Newsom and the state and local leaders.

According to FEMA, disaster declarations and fire management assistant grants have allowed them to protect life.

Trump says fighting the fires has been a team effort: “More than 28,000 firefighters and first responders are combating the fires in California, Oregon, and Washington. Over 230 soldiers are fighting the August Complex fire and that’s the largest fire in California... and we want to thank all of the brave fighters, we want to thank these incredible people, the first responders, service members who are racing to the extreme peril...”

President Trump also awarded the distinguished “Flying Cross Medal” to seven National Guard members. They helicoptered into a campground earlier this month and rescued nearly 250 people trapped by flames.

USDA meteorologist speaks on California wildfires.