Obama wants the Interior and Agriculture Departments, the two agencies tasked with fighting wildfires, to be able to draw funds from a special disaster account when the cost of tackling fires exceeds their annual budget.
Firefighters were chasing flare-ups Friday morning in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.
The value of carbon storage lost in the fire is between $102 and $797 million, according to an environmental impact study.
Five people were injured, while more than 1,000 firefighters, 13 helicopters and six air tankers battled the flames as they pushed eastward along the San Jacinto Mountains, a desert range 90 miles east of Los Angeles, Cal Fire Riverside Chief John R. Hawkins said.
Scores of additional homes have been evacuated and hundreds more firefighters called in, as a wildfire near the main route into Yosemite National Park in the Sierra foothills shows no signs of abating, a state fire official said on Tuesday.
A Southern California wildfire carving a path to the sea grew to more than 15 square miles and crews prepared Friday for another bad day of gusting winds and searing weather.
Firefighters are battling two small wildfires fueled by gusty winds in Northern California wine country.
A wildfire near Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County has grown to 200 acres amid Santa Ana wind conditions and some evacuations have been ordered.
Fire officials say a change in the weather could make things more difficult for the thousands of firefighters who are battling wildfires burning across California.
Crews battling a wildfire in western Colusa County are hoping to take advantage of lighter winds.
Authorities say a wildfire that forced the evacuation of 150 homes has surged to 800 acres in eastern San Diego County.
A small wildfire ripped through a Herald community near dozens of homes.