US to use drought data to bolster response to wildfires
US President Donald Trump is expected to announce the next steps for the federal response to the massive wildfires that ravaged the United States, the White House announced on Tuesday.
A total of 5.1 million acres of federal land have burned in the past week.
The fires, which have been raging for more than a week, have destroyed more than 8 million acres and destroyed at least 22,000 homes.
Trump will be joined by the governors of Montana and Idaho, the U.S. Attorney General, the National Guard, and hundreds of firefighters, police, and first responders.
The wildfire season is currently underway.
The announcement comes as the U,S.
Geological Survey (USGS) reports that wildfire season has officially begun in the western United States.
In total, about 20 million acres have burned, and some areas are still experiencing fires.
The fires, a result of climate change, have ravaged vast swathes of the West.
At least 1,000 wildfires have destroyed at most 1,900 homes and businesses, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.