WASHINGTON -- President Obama will travel Friday to areas of Colorado devastated by wildfires, the White House announced Wednesday afternoon.
The president has spoken with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and the mayor of Colorado Springs to get the latest developments and express his concern about the extent of the damage, the White House said in a statement.
During his visit, he will "view the damage and thank the responders bravely battling the fire," according to the statement.
In his calls with local officials, the White House said, Obama restated that federal agencies will "bring all resources to bear to assist local responders" in Colorado and other states affected by the fires.
Earlier Wednesday, a White House spokesman noted that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has deployed an team to Colorado's emergency operations center to monitor and support firefighting efforts.