Wildfires – USA
Wildfires have now burned more than 4.6 million acres in 87 large fires across 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. At least 35 people have died in California, Oregon and Washington, The Associated Press reported.
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.
In Oregon, the blazes stretch from the southern border along the coast all the way up to Portland’s suburbs, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Rebecca Ellis told NPR’s Morning Edition on Monday. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. The 16 large fires in Oregon total about 878,000 acres of fire, while the 13 large fires in Washington are at about 676,000 acres.
In California, nearly 16,500 firefighters are grappling with 28 major wildfires, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. So far in 2020, wildfires have burned over 3.2 million acres in California, which is larger than the State of Connecticut.