Smoke from US wildfires spreads all the way to Britain

Crews battle US West Coast fires amid ‘apocalyptic’ scenes of ruin

Crews battle US West Coast fires amid ‘apocalyptic’ scenes of ruin

"We are working closely with OR health authorities and monitoring the needs of healthcare facilities to support their efforts to save lives and protect health during these unsafe wildfires", Azar said.

"Climate change sucks." This was the text I sent to a friend last Monday as we griped about the many fires burning throughout the West - from OR and Washington to Idaho and my home state of California. It has burned through 796,651 acres (about 3,224 sq km) with 30 percent containment. "I guess they felt that if there was a change in circumstances they would be able to get out, and that proved to be a fatal error", he said.

Biden seized the chance this week to take the climate-crisis fight to Trump, calling him a "climate arsonist" whose re-election would only result in worsening floods, fires and droughts across the country.

"It's devastating", he told CNN affiliate KFSN. The two peered at the rubble of a home that burned down to its foundation and looked at a burned pickup truck nearby.

These forest fires also create air quality which can be extremely harmful to residents causing the California government to warn residents to be ready to leave at any moment.

The air quality in this region is now the worst in the world, topping the most polluted cities globally. But Solum said there's always a chance for more smoke and haze to shift around. "We haven't seen a lot of significant fire growth (this week). It hasn't been super windy or super hot", Sullivan said.

"Over 800 BC Wildfire Service personnel volunteered to go into someone else's community and to someone else's fire to do what they can to make sure people are safe", Premier John Horgan says in a release.

Typically, fires take in about 500,000 acres a year in Oregon, Gov Kate Brown stated.

OR is unaccustomed to the size and number of blazes that it has been experiencing, which have gained ground due to drought conditions and high winds. It was 20 per cent contained as of this morning.

The fires raging in California, Oregon, and Washington are "hellish", Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said on Monday, and there will be more like them if President Trump is re-elected in November. Almost 4,000 evacuees remained displaced, according to the American Red Cross. In California, authorities said 17,000 firefighters were battling 25 major fires yesterday, as the state's death toll stood at 25.

The report found the number of fall days with extreme fire conditions - that's when some of the largest fires in the state have ignited in recent history - has jumped from four to 12 since 1979, CapRadio reported this month.

These fires have led to 24 fatalities and over 4,200 structures being destroyed.

The flames across the West Coast - some of which were caused by lightning strikes - have so far scorched more than 5 million acres and displaced tens of thousands of people.

"With wind events that we are experiencing now and what we anticipate over the coming days, we have to be mindful that even with high containment numbers, those fires are anything but behind us", he told a press briefing.

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