President Barack Obama briefed on Washington wildfires, White House says

President Barack Obama’s staff have briefed him on the dangerous wildfires burning throughout the western United States, including in Washington, the White House says. From Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz:

The President was updated this evening on the wildfires plaguing the American West, including the tragic loss of three Washington State firefighters who selflessly battled these fires.

On behalf of a grateful nation, the President’s thoughts and prayers are with the families of these brave Americans.

The President directed his team to stay in close touch with state and local officials as their efforts to fight these fires continue. Administration officials will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide Federal assistance as necessary.

Governor Jay Inslee, Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark, Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Representatives Dan Newhouse and Dave Reichert are all visiting the Chelan area today to support the firefighting efforts.