33 victims as ‘global warming’ wildfires rage in US

Scorched Volunteer firefighters survey the damage in Berry Creek California

33 victims as ‘global warming’ wildfires rage in US by Metro Reporter Published

"There are 19 individuals that we are still looking for", Kory Honea, the sheriff and coroner of Butte County, California, said late Friday.

No one was injured and no structures were damaged.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown toured the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Ore., Saturday afternoon, September 12, 2020, where she spoke with volunteers and evacuees.

Harris, a historic choice as the Democratic vice presidential running mate, will visit a local fire station during her trip to town, Arias said.

The hospital is trying to reunite cats with their owners and has posted pictures on its Facebook page.

Many residents were forced to flee their homes on a moment's notice.

In Estacada, a rural OR town just miles from a fire, that was deserted earlier this week, some inhabitants returned from evacuation Saturday and patrolled the streets with guns for fear of looting, according to an AFP reporter. The truck was seen in the area of one of the fires. The engine was destroyed on Wednesday when the Lionshead Fire over-ran the resort community of Detroit, Ore., merging with the Beachie Creek Fire.

There were 38 actives fires burning in OR as of yesterday morning.

"The science is clear, and deadly signs like these are unmistakable - climate change poses an imminent, existential threat to our way of life", Biden said in a statement.

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Walker told KOIN that he was placed on leave after trying to help a co-worker whose family was missing in a fire zone.

"I'm exhausted. I'm exhausted of starting all over". "And although I'm losing my job because of it, I would do it again".

No reason for the change was given, which has seen his position taken over by Mariana Ruiz-Temple.

As the smoke that has been clogging the air and blocking heat from the sun begins to lift, California firefighters expected the weather to heat up and fire activity to possibly increase, the state's fire authority Cal Fire said.

The North Complex, a series of fires sparked by lightning almost a month ago, have been impacting Plumas and Butte counties, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Gusts of wind are expected to reach up to 40 miles per hour (64 kph).

The smoke has destroyed the air quality up and down the West Coast, yielding the eerie orange images of San Francisco last week. Associated Press writers Gillian Flaccus in Mill City, Oregon, Gene Johnson in Seattle and Adam Beam in Sacramento, California, contributed to this report.

Because past air quality was rarely so poor, the government's yardstick for measuring it capped out at 500, Gleim said. Portland's index is now at 426.

Smoke created cooler conditions in OR as well.

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In Salem, where the Air Quality Index is 394, a dense smokey haze that clouded roads and homes made it hard to see further than 50 yards ahead.

The smoke forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the weather service's parent agency, predicts increasing concentrations of smoke building across Ontario and the Northeast this afternoon.

The state of California, as well as several of its counties, relies on incarcerated men and women to assist with fire containment efforts.

More than 30 people have died in the wildfires that are ravaging the West Coast of the United States.

In California 16,000 firefighters are battling blazes which have killed 22 since mid-August.

Instead of the offshore flows that the north-west normally enjoys, the strong easterly winds pushed fires down the western slopes of the Cascade Range, which extends from Canada down into northern California. Evacuation orders were also in place in many parts of the state.

The death toll on the West Coast also continues to climb.

Search and rescue teams, with dogs in tow, were deployed across the blackened ruins of southern OR towns on Sunday as smoldering wildfires continue to ravage the US west and officials warn of mass casualties. Brown has said that dozens of people remained missing across three counties.

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