California and Oregon Wildfire: Latest Updates

Dry, cloudy conditions can further exacerbate flames.

Firefighters in the West Coast braved Monday for unpredictable wind gusts and dry weather, conditions that could rejuvenate and reinvigorate wild animals that have already burned more than five million acres, Threatens to destroy scores of homes and leave at least 24. People were killed.

The devastating wildfire this season forced hundreds of people out of their homes and transformed forests, farms and communities into explosions that were covered with dangerous smoke and falling ash.

State leaders raced for weeks, sparking one spiral of fire after another, straining their emergency services and prompting them to appeal for help from other states and the federal government. President Trump is scheduled to travel on Monday to McClellan Park, California, where the former fire, which is now largely contained, recently burned more than 363,000 acres near Sacramento.

Authorities warn not to expect early relief, saying that even though the winds could help disperse some of the smoke that is smuggling cities like San Francisco and Oakland, it also dried up the brush and fan flames Might have reversed the progress fighters. . Meteorologists said the winds were expected to last for most of the week due to a slow-moving storm system off the coast of Oregon and could cause smoke to reach Montana, Idaho, and even Canada.

“Fundamentally science is very simple,” said Philip B. Duffy, a climate scientist who heads the Woodwell Climate Research Center. “Hot and dry conditions make dry fuel,” he said. “What the fire would have easily extinguished now just rises too quickly and gets out of control.”

The weather has already spun many officials out of control, as fires leaped onto highways, merged into large “complex” fires, destroyed cities and approached dense suburbs. City of Paradise, California. Where more than 80 people died two years ago, it is now on the edge of its former, North Complex Fire, one of the state’s largest. To its west is California’s largest: a group of fires called the August complex that burned more than 877,000 acres as of Sunday.

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Some of the worst conditions remained in Oregon, however, where more than 30 active fires have burned 900,000 acres. A blazing beach fire south of Portland, which destroyed nearly 200,000 acres and killed four people, continued to burn uncontrollably on Monday morning.

Although the relative humidity remained low during the day, it was expected that there would be more moisture in the region later. “We want a lot of moisture in the air,” said Meteorologist Michelle Mead of the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “And we don’t have that yet.”

When President Trump flies to California on Monday to assess the state’s wildest wildfires, he will come face to face with the dire consequences of a reality he has refused to accept: of a warming planet Devastating effect.

For the global scientific community, acres of scorched earth and ash-filled skies across the American West are tragic, but the result of intensifying climate change. About two years ago, federal government scientists concluded that greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels could triple the frequency of severe fires in Western states.

But the president has used his time at the nation’s highest office to aggressively promote the burning of fossil fuels, largely to reverse or weaken every major federal policy to combat hazardous emissions. At the same time, Mr. Trump and his senior environmental officials routinely mocked, denied or undermined the established science of human-caused climate change.

Now, as he battled for a second term in the White House, Mr. Trump has doubled his anti-climate agenda as a way to appeal to his main supporters. At a rally in Pennsylvania last month, he blamed California’s failures to “clear their floors”, “threatening them to pay for it because they don’t listen to us.”

Deadly fires spreading in the West – such as coronoviruses that have ravaged the country for months – are a warning to the president that many voters will seek to separate him and his administration from scientific experts and naturally reduce the government to Can be held responsible for failing to fail effectively. Disasters have claimed lives, damaged property and threatened economic prosperity.

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric M. Garcetti, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a supporter of Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent, says, “It’s not real if you think talking to a firefighter.” Of the union “on Sunday. “It seems that this administration is the last remnant of the Flat Earth Society of this generation.”

Mr. Trump’s climate record for business interests in his party is far more aggressive than the laissez-faire environmental policy he has promoted over the years. Indeed, as it has also tried to violate the rules by some of the world’s largest oil companies and automakers, they said they would lead to years of legal uncertainty that could actually harm their bottom lines .

Everything that has burned in the west has been in remote forests, but in Oregon, the entire community along the main north-south interstate Highway I-5 along the west coast has been razed.

“We’ve never had anything,” said Margaret Cooper, who lives in Psycho, a farming and logging town south-east of the state capital, Salem, for the past three decades. “This is literally the first time in our backyard.”

Last week a 13-year-old boy was killed in a nearby valley after he apparently attempted to drive his grandmother to safety.

In nearby Gates, Ore., The refugees by fire were exhausted after five days of living in dinghy motels or cars, eating pizzas donated to dinner, and all the while knowing that their homes burned down Were or were standing.

Police cruisers blocked traffic along a highway going up the mountains east of Salem, where the Beechie Creek Fire was still burning out of control. Some families were able to survive. Other convoys of pickup trucks made their way to the side roads and skimmed the edges of farm fields in search of alternative routes. Some were seeking essential medicines, others lost pets and signs of a break-in.

“Everything is still on fire,” said 29-year-old Mike Alexander, who has been coming and going since last Monday night, when a forest fire scorched the hill behind his house.

Some evacuation warnings were relaxed Sunday in areas south of Portland. But many towns remained unattainable. Law enforcement officials on Sunday set up a hotline for people in cities bordering Detroit’s neighboring lakes and checking their homes in neighboring Idgah.

For days, a fire brigade in Aomsville, a small town outside Salem, was untouched by the fire, going into the mountains with the help of other firefighters to try to overcome the 188,000-acre Beech Creek fire. Firefighters are running on adrenaline, sleeping in a charity trailer that was dropped in their parking lot, then heading back into the fire.

Fire precautions for prisoners protect them from the grip of an epidemic.

As wildfires erupted through the huge swings of Oregon this week, prisoners were kept away from the flames of encroachment – not for freedom but in a crowded state prison, where they slept shoulder-to-shoulder on the cot , And in some cases on the floor. Food was in short supply, showers and toilets, and fights began between rival gang members.

Safe from one catastrophe, but transported to another: the coronovirus epidemic, which has spread to America’s jails at an alarming rate.

Bobbin Singh, executive director of the prisoner’s advocacy organization Oregon Justice Resource Center, said, “What we know about Kovid-19 is how quickly it can spread and how deadly it can be. Will be. “

Never easy, being disorganized has probably never been a more painful experience than it is today, especially on the West Coast where prisoners are more vulnerable than ever before to the twin crises of the epidemic and a historic wildfire season has Made worse by climate change. The virus outbreak has spread through the cellblock – Oregon’s state prison system has had 1,600 infections in the past three months – and poor ventilation systems have blown smoke from outside.

Prior to the blaze, the virus had spread to US prisons, partly because officials made regular transfers of prisoners without first testing for coroners and isolating infected people. Now that the fire has forced Oregon officials to move so many prisoners so quickly without taking precautions against viruses, prisoners and advocates, it is a matter of concern that it is only a matter of time before people become ill The thing is.

Rashid Stanley-Lockhart was released from a California prison in January after serving an 18-year sentence for armed robbery and now works for Plant Justice. A nonprofit in Oakland that helps newly released prisoners. “Turn here, there is Kovid. Turn here, there is fire. You turn around here, there is massive chaos as a whole.”

Jerry Brown on California Exodus: ‘Where Are You Going?’

Former California Governor Jerry Brown could make mountains on Sunday, just a short distance from his farm in the city of Williams. Every few minutes, he picked up his phone to check the latest air quality reading. “Unwell,” he said.

Mr. Brown, who served in state government and politics for more than 45 years, has been warning about this day for years. But he told his farm by telephone that he had never expected the moment to come so soon. And he never thought of the wind around his house, which he had built in the woods of his family’s farm, which is an hour’s drive north of Sacramento, it would be shroud.

But still, for all the fire and smoke, Mr. Brown presented himself as the chief ambassador for the state that has been associated with the Brown family name for so long. He announced he was going nowhere and dismissed the latest round of talk about people fleeing California.

“You could say, ‘We’re getting out of here – we’re going somewhere else,” said 82-year-old Mr. Brown. “No. Problems are going to be everywhere in the United States. This is the new normal. It is predicted and it is happening. It is part of the new long-term experience.”

“Tell me: where are you going?” Mr. Brown continued. “What’s your choice?” Maybe Canada. You’re going to go to places like Iowa, where you have a tornado fast? The fact is that we have a global crisis that is growing and scientists are telling us. For the most part, it has been ignored. Now we have a graphic example. “

Reporting was contributed by Tim Arango, Nicholas Bogel-Burrows, Coral Davenport, Thomas fuller, Christine Hauser, Jack healy, Adam nagourni, Jack nikes, Michael D. Sheer And Alan uhas.