The White House says President Bush will visit California Thursday, where wildfires have burned at least 121-thousand hectares in areas between Los Angeles and San Diego in the southern part of the state.
Spokeswoman Dana Perino said the president wants to witness first-hand the fire damage and emergency efforts, and meet the people who have been affected. Earlier, President Bush authorized federal aid for seven counties ravaged by the flames.
The wildfires have destroyed more than one thousand homes and forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate. At least two people have died and dozens more have been injured.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and FEMA Administrator David Paulison toured the area on Tuesday.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says National Guard troops have been called away from the border between California and Mexico to help with evacuations and firefighting. Neighboring states have sent resources and manpower.