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Biden heads to western US amid wildfires and California recall


President Biden will travel to the western United States on Monday to tour the wildfire damage and campaign for California Governor Gavin Newsom, who is facing a recall effort.

Mr. Biden will travel to Boise, Idaho, where he will visit the National Interagency Fire Center. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 22 fires are currently raging in Idaho, which have burned more than 200,000 acres.

Mr. Biden will also visit the damage caused by the wildfires in Sacramento, California. Two massive fires in northern California, the Dixie Fire and Caldor Fire, both reached 65% containment over the weekend. The Dixie Fire, which has been active for 60 days, burned more than 900,000 acres. The Caldor fire, active since August 14, burned more than 200,000 acres.

Mr. Biden will then travel to Long Beach, Calif., Where he will campaign for Newsom. Democrats across the country are closely watching the race as a possible indicator of the 2022 midterm election as they hold a slim majority in the House and the Senate is split 50-50.

Although Democrats have a huge advantage in party registration, and no Republican has won a statewide race since 2006, California’s current crises and a GOP under pressure have worried Newsom and the National Democrats.

On Tuesday, Mr. Biden will travel to Denver, Colorado for a Build Back Better event.

Biden heads to western US amid wildfires and California recall
President Joe Biden chats with California Governor Gavin Newsom via teleconference during a meeting with governors to discuss ongoing efforts to strengthen wildfire prevention, preparedness and response efforts, and hear from firsthand the ongoing impacts of the 2021 wildfire season in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington, Friday, July 30, 2021.

Andrew Harnik / AP


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