Trump dismisses climate concerns as he visits fire-ravaged West

A burned out fire engine sits on a street strewn with the charred wreckage of buildings

Many missing people have been found but authorities warn the death toll is likely to rise

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden grimly predicted that "hellish" fires, floods, hurricanes, and superstorms would level and destroy America's suburbs if "climate arsonist" President Donald Trump is re-elected.

"Also leaves, if you have years of leaves, dried leaves on the ground, it just sets it up", Trump added.

"Where you have lots of people living on small acreages close together, and you've got houses and barns and sheds and corrals and fences, it's very hard to do a prescribed burn", Gersbach said.

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, who has described the wildfires as "apocalyptic" and driven by climate change, said it was crucial voters elect a "climate president" come November 3.

Authorities in California, where 25 people have died since 15 August, report that firefighters are working to contain 29 major wildfires across the state.

A rabbit crosses the road with flames from a brush fire along Japatul Road during the Valley Fire in Jamul, California on 6 September 2020 The Valley Fire in the Japatul Valley burned 4,000 acres overnight with no containment and 10 structures destroyed, Cal Fire San Diego said.

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"It will start getting cooler".

"The 16 large fires in OR total about 878,000 acres of fire, while the 13 large fires in Washington are at about 676,000 acres", according to the Bureau of Land Management office for those two states.

Scientists say wildfires are all but inevitable, and the main drivers are plants and trees drying out due to climate change and more people living closer to areas that burn.

California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has argued that the fires are driven mostly by global warming, acknowledged as he met with Trump that better forest management was needed.

Newsom announced there is stewardship between the state and the U.S. Forest Service to get to a million acres a year in active forest management, but with this year's fire season at over three million, Newsom says it's a step forward but millions of acres are the goal, not just a million.

The wildfires also claimed the lives of 27 people last week, and officials remain concerned that this week's weather conditions will not bring a respite to the region.

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"The debate is over around climate change".

"The hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting drier", he said.

Trump has referred to climate change as a "hoax" and in 2017 pulled the United States out of the Paris accord that laid out an worldwide approach to global warming, while Biden says climate change is on his list of major crises facing the United States. "And this is a wake-up call for all of us that we have got to do everything in our power to tackle climate change".

Nine of the world's 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2005, and the United Nations warned this week that the five years from 2016 until this year will very likely be the hottest such period yet recorded.

Trump, who has authorised federal disaster aid for both California and OR, questioned that science.

Most of the fatalities have occurred in California and OR, with emergency services in the two states recording 26 deaths.

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Crews in Jackson County, Oregon, where Talent is located, were hoping to venture into rural areas where the Almeda Fire has abated slightly with slowing winds, sending up thick plumes of smoke as the embers burned. "It's really a fuel for a fire".

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