US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

  • Higgins Fire Protection District firefighters spread water on smoldering spots of the Wolf Incident that burned vegetation in Grass Valley, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

  • Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, joined at right by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., discuss ways to improve the health of the forests and how to reduce wildfires, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — As wildfires continue to choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting.