US West Coast wildfires claim at least 33 lives


The state suffered 14,000 dry lightning strikes which set off hundreds of fires, some that combined into creating five of the 10 largest fires in its recorded history. In the past week, 25 people in three states have died.

"THANK YOU to the 28,000+ Firefighters and other First Responders who are battling wildfires across California, Oregon, and Washington", Mr. Trump tweeted Friday.

Officials said the fires have burned 258,802 acres and were 26 percent contained as of Sunday morning.

ALERTWildfire is a consortium run by three universities that aims to alert firefighters and the public to wildfires.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a Twitter statement on Saturday that US President Donald Trump was going to visit California on Monday, to get briefed on the wildfire situation.

"It's apocalyptic", Washington state Governor Jay Inslee told ABC's "This Week".

But that hasn't impressed some west coast politicians - mostly Democrats - with many accusing him of playing politics with financial help and ignoring the role of climate change in the disaster. "What we're experiencing right here is coming to communities all across the United States of America unless we get our act together on climate change".

At least 10 people were killed in wildfires that burned the past week throughout Oregon.

Search-and-rescue teams went through gutted homes in more than half a dozen OR communities looking for human remains after Governor Kate Brown said dozens of people were missing and state officials prepared for "mass casualty incidents".

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The fires have covered more than 1 million acres across OR, spanning from the southern border to the coast and Clackamas County.

"This is truly the bellwether for climate change on the west coast", she told CBS's Face the Nation.

But he insisted the blazes were "about forest management", which includes tree thinning and brush clearing.

At a rally in Nevada, Trump blamed the way states have run the land, saying "it is about forest management".

Social media has been flooded with misinformation related to the OR wildfires which have caused massive damage to the region with many linking it to Qanon conspiracy theories and the Antifa movement.

Mr Trump has attributed some of the blame at western Governors for the wildfires in recent years and has accused them of poor forest management.

A large high-pressure area stretching from the desert Southwest to Alaska brought strong winds from the east toward the West Coast, reducing relative humidity to as low as 8% and bringing desert-like conditions, even to the coast, Jones said.

Thick smoke and ash from the fires has darkened the sky over the Pacific Northwest since Labor Day, creating some of the world's worst air-quality levels and driving residents indoors.

Harris, a historic choice as the Democratic vice presidential running mate, will visit a local fire station during her trip to town, Arias said. "This is climate change and this is an administration that's put its head in the sand", he said. Officials have said dozens of people are missing and warned that the death toll could rise.