UPDATE: DeMint and event organizers told CNN Perry will be unable to participate in the event remotely.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is returning home to handle the growing threat of wildfires there, but his campaign says he is still trying to make arrangements to participate remotely in Sen. Jim DeMint's presidential forum in South Carolina.
"It is my understanding that he has tried to speak with Sen. DeMint and we are trying to make arrangements to do this from Austin," Katon Dawson, Perry's South Carolina campaign chairman, told CNN.
Perry spoke in South Carolina on Monday morning at a town hall hosted by Rep. Tim Scott but had to cancel his appearance at the afternoon DeMint forum because of the fire situation in Texas.
"Rick Perry is certainly the governor of Texas first and foremost and a candidate for president second," Dawson said. "The circumstances surrounding this impending catastrophic event in Texas have changed and Gov. Perry is returning to Texas."