Trump approves disaster declaration for California wildfires

Trump approves disaster declaration for California wildfires
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The Trump administration on Tuesday approved a federal disaster declaration for California in response to wildfires that have swept across the state.

Vice President Pence announced the decision during a meeting in the state capital of Sacramento with emergency responders.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) had requested federal assistance to combat the deadly fires.

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Thirteen people have been killed and more than 100 are missing after multiple fires scorched as many as 100,000 acres in the Golden State, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The disaster declaration allows the federal government to provide funding to state, local and tribal governments to help fight the fires and rebuild.

Over the past month, Trump has been forced to respond to multiple natural disasters across the country, including hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.