The White House says that President Joe Biden and EPA Administrator met with governors from the drought- and heat-plagued West on Wednesday.
Watch Psaki’s news briefing in the video player above.
This comes as a wildfire that has put thousands of people under evacuation orders in Northern California grew substantially.
The fire covered more than 27 square miles (70 square kilometers) but crews “made good progress on the western edge of the fire, cutting off progression into the communities,” Shasta-Trinity National Forest said in a statement.
Containment was estimated at 19 percent.
The west is also suffering under an historic heat wave, caused by what meteorologists described as a dome of high pressure over the Northwest.
And worsened by human-caused climate change, which is making such extreme weather events more likely and more intense.
Seattle, Portland and many other cities shattered all-time heat records, with temperatures in some places reaching above 115 degrees Fahrenheit
Biden announced on Wednesday that he is temporarily raising pay for federal firefighters to ensure that no one fighting wildland fires is making less than $15 per hour.
Biden’s plan for the higher pay — and other moves to boost U.S. wildfire fighting capacity and prevention efforts — comes as he holds a virtual meeting with governors from Western states to discuss what is shaping up to be a torrid wildfire season. In addition, a huge swath of the Pacific Northwest is in the midst in one of the worst heat waves in recent memory.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also responded to questions about Bill Cosby being freed from prison after Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned his sexual assault conviction and whether the Delta Variant will affect the administrations advice on July 4th gatherings.