Fires in the U.S. West – 1.7 million hectares turned to ashes, entire cities were destroyed

By | September 11, 2020
Fires in the U.S. West - 1.7 million hectares turned to ashes, entire cities were destroyed

Large-scale forest fires are raging in the western states of the United States, which have already resulted in human casualties. The states of California and Oregon have been the most affected by the fires.

The BBC reports this with reference to local authorities. At the same time, it is impossible to determine the exact number of deaths and missing persons. However, in California at least 10 deaths have already been confirmed, and another 16 people are reported missing.

In Oregon, the data is still unreliable – state governor Kate Brown said the exact number of deaths is not yet known, but at least four victims have already been confirmed.

The rapid spread of fire across both states is facilitated by the unusually hot, dry heat. The hot wind has created dozens of new hot spots of fire in Oregon and quickly spread through the forest.

In California, the situation is even more tragic – the residents of the state testified that the sky is colored orange because of the fire over its entire territory.

At the same time, the scale of the disaster is not limited to California and Oregon only – the fire is spreading in 12 more western states and Washington district.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the fire is destroying small cities. About 1.7 million hectares of land have been turned into ashes by the flames. This is about 3.3 million soccer fields.

Earlier, the EADaily reported that large fires had engulfed California as early as August, prompting Governor Gavin Newsome to urge locals to leave their homes urgently.