The death toll in wildfires in the United States reaches 35 people, dozens are missing

The death toll in wildfires in the United States reaches 35 people, dozens are missing

The death toll from wildfires on the US West Coast continues to rise. Today their number is at least 35: 10 in Oregon, 24 in California, and 1 child in Washington. Local authorities fear that this is just the beginning.

More than 40 thousand people were forced to leave their homes due to rapidly growing fires. According to CNN, they have already destroyed 4.6 million acres of land, and authorities are reporting dozens of missing persons.

A little consolation for the firefighters fighting the flames is the very smoke that recently painted the skies of California and Oregon orange: by blocking out the sun, it helped reduce temperatures and increase air humidity, which helped localize the fire.

What #SanFrancisco looks like almost 2 hours after sunrise. #CaliforniaFires

— V (@vjeranpavic) September 9, 2020

Alas, in some areas, it also recorded the dirtiest air in the past 35 years.

Currently, most of the fires have been reported in California (25), Washington (16), Oregon (13) and Idaho (10). According to the National Interagency Fire Center, fires are also seen in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Stunning pics from Ryan Mallory as he drove through Talent / Phoenix earlier today on 99. He made it out safely. #AlmedaDriveFire #GlendowerFire #OregonFires

— MedfordAlert (@MedfordALERT) September 9, 2020

More than 30,000 firefighters are fighting fire across the country.

California is on fire. More than 2.5 million acres of land have been destroyed (nearly 20x of what burned last year) and the fires are still blazing.

This has been the most devastating and unprecedented fire season to date.

— Mike Danesh (@DaneshMike) September 12, 2020

The White House said Trump will visit California on Monday for a briefing, prompting fierce criticism from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“Probably [the president] will say that he plans to send us a rake instead of real help,” he said, hinting at the president’s statements that forest fires are not related to global warming and are the result of poor-quality forest management.

National Geographic photo of #CaliforniaFires by the Pacific Ocean.

— Linda (# 135) (@linda_ann_isham) September 12, 2020

«We need real, material help, not based on our party affiliation or who we voted for.»