At least 33 people have died in wildfires in the west coast of the United States. According to NBC News, dozens of people are missing alone in Oregon. A state official said that many lives were at stake.
In the past three weeks, wildfires have occurred in large areas of California, Oregon and Washington. The fire is spreading more intensely due to strong winds. Thousands of houses were burnt to ashes, millions of acres of crop burned. Millions of people have been forced to leave their homes.
Democrat candidate Joe Biden warned on Saturday that climate change poses a threat to our existence. He accused Donald Trump of denying this reality. Meanwhile, Trump blamed poor forest management for the briefing on Saturday.
The wildfires that began last month in California have so far spread over 3.2 million acres. About 4,000 infrastructures have been destroyed. By Saturday, 22 people had died there.
Meanwhile, Oregon Fire Service personnel are battling 17 major fires. Forty thousand people have been forced to leave the area. The Emergency Management Agency (OEM) said 10 people were killed in the blast. But state officials have warned that the death toll may increase further. State Governor Kate Brown urged residents to evacuate the affected areas.
Meanwhile, some areas of Oregon have reported looting after people left their homes due to a fire. Assuring the safety of residents, Kate Brown said the Oregon National Guard and the Oregon State Police have been tasked to monitor the situation and prevent looting.
In Washington state, firefighters are battling 15 major wildlife. Earlier this week, a one-year-old child died in a fire.