US West Coast wildfires claim at least 33 lives

Oregon wildfires: Apocalyptic cloud of smoke covers US west coast – 40,000 people evacuate

In California, more than 7,700 wildfires have blackened more than 3.1 million acres, killing 20 people, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

At least 10 people have been killed in Oregon.

Dense smoke and fog enveloped an area far beyond the fires on Monday, keeping temperatures cooler but also creating new hazards in an ongoing catastrophe, with reduced visibility and a high risk of smoke inhalation.

The alerts stretch from hard-hit southern OR to Northern California and last through Monday evening.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management said on Sunday that firefighters in the state were struggling to contain more than 30 active wildfires - the largest of which was more than 89km (55 miles) wide.

In Oregon, it was the forests that burned at unprecedented levels this past week.

The blazes have burned almost five million acres (two million hectares) across the US West, torching an area roughly the size of the state of New Jersey, with fears the death toll may rise.

In California, almost 16,500 firefighters are grappling with 28 major wildfires, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.

As crews battled wildfires that have killed at least 36 people, destroyed neighborhoods and enveloped the West Coast in smoke, Trump contended that the states are to blame for failing to rake leaves and clear dead timber from forest floors.


Biden's speech, which will also emphasize the role that investigating in green energy jobs can play in combatting climate change, comes as President Donald Trump is set to visit California on Monday to receive a briefing on the wildfires from local officials near the city of Sacramento. "The drys are getting drier", Newsom asserted.

Dismissing one official's plea to not "ignore the science" on climate change, Mr Trump said: "It'll start getting cooler, you just watch..."

"The debate is over around climate change".

To that, Trump replied, "Absolutely". "I don't think science knows".

As she did for the latter part of last week, Governor Kate Brown will be giving a 1 pm press conference today to provide updates on the current state of OR wildfires and the progress being made to contain them.

Numerous studies in recent years have linked bigger wildfires in the U.S.to global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas.

"The only moisture in eastern Washington was the tears of people who have lost their homes and mingling with the ashes". "Something has happened to the plumbing of the world. and we submit the science is self evident that climate change is real".

"It is maddening right now when we have this cosmic challenge to our communities, with the entire West Coast of the United States on fire, to have a president to deny that these are not just fires, these are climate fires", Inslee said.

The National Weather Service office in Sterling, Virginia, confirmed that the "hazy appearance to the sky" in the Washington, D.C. area on Monday is a result of smoke from the western fires getting caught in the jet stream and floating swiftly toward the Atlantic.

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