On the West Coast, leaders have requested ‘all the help we can get.’
The wildfire that erupted on the West Coast became a crisis-ravaged nationwide crisis on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people in three states, triggering fires and fire incidents in Idaho, milky The sky clouded with smoke and the fog reached new. York City.
States that have so far burned more than five million acres of land in Oregon, California and Washington state are badly burned – with officials trying to adapt to the disaster with no clear end in the situation The conditions were profoundly faced with climate change.
The Bay Area, under a blanket of smoke for four weeks, set another record for constant warnings about dangerous air. The Oregon State Police set up a mobile morgue as teams searched buildings for survivors and the dead. Alaska Airlines suspended flights out of Portland, Ore. And Spokane, Wash., Citing “thick smoke and haze”. And Kate Brown of Oregon said late Monday night, “To fight fires of this scale, we need all the help we can get.”
Gavin Newsom of California met with President Trump at McClellan Park near Sacramento on Monday, thanking him for federal help and agreed that forest management could improve – while also noting that only 3 percent in California The land is under state control, compared to 57 percent under federal control. The governors of the three states asserted that climate change has made fires more dangerous, drying forests with rising heat and incinerating them to burn, a science that the president on Monday denied.
Washington Governor J. Inslee wrote in an open letter on Monday, “The rules for fighting wildfires are changing.” “There is no fire mitigation plan on this planet that does anyone good if it does not accept the role of climate change.”
Addressing Mr. Trump directly, he wrote, “I hope you had an enlightening trip to the West Coast, where you refused to address climate change – and to allow even more carbon pollution Your proactive steps – will trigger destructive wildlife like you see today. “
Firemen continued to fire dozens of fires on Tuesday morning. In California, the August Complex fire, which burned more than 750,000 acres northwest of Sacramento, was up to about 30 percent and Fresno’s Creek Fire northeast of about 16 percent, burning more than 200,000 acres.
In Oregon, tens of thousands of people were still under evacuation orders and the Beechie Creek fire east of Salem burned over 200,000 acres.
With dozens of fires burning across millions of acres in Oregon and California, meteorologists are keeping an eye on how winds and moisture can affect them in war efforts. Although strong wind gusts are still possible, forecasters said some of the most devastating fire areas will benefit from gentle winds on Tuesday.
About three dozen fires have burned through more than 950,000 acres in Oregon. In California, 39 percent of North Complex fires totaling more than 264,000 acres are contained, while August complex fires spread over 755,000 acres, with only 30 percent contained.
The National Weather Service said winds are expected to decrease on Tuesday, but fog and mist will linger over northern California. Temperatures in the Valley and North Complex fire zones will drop between the 70s to mid-80s.
“There won’t be much wind today in that fire zone,” said meteorologist Jim Matthews of the National Weather Service. “I don’t think there will be adverse circumstances.”
He said that children under 20 will have moisture.
“We should see an improvement,” Mr. Matthews said. “More sunlight will filter through the smoke and it will start to stir in the atmosphere due to the southwest flow. But air quality is still estimated to be unhealthy. “
In Oregon, a “red flag” warning was issued of dangerous fire conditions east of the Cascades, and there was very little moisture in the air. But most of the major fires in the state are burning to the west of the mountains and firefighters battling them were expected to survive the high winds.
“The strongest winds west of the Cascades today typically run at speeds of around 15 mph,” said Charles Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oregon.
But east of the Cascades, there would be high winds and low humidity, making the situation “more dangerous than usual”, Mr Smith said. Quoting firefighters, “If there is a new fire, they will have problems in their initial attack.” ”
Idaho has been fighting several firefights, of which a feeder occurs on about 70,000 acres.
In Idaho, hundreds of firefighters continue to extinguish more than a dozen fires.
The largest flame, the Woodhead Fire, rose to nearly 70,000 acres on Monday, evacuating pasture lands near the Oregon border and sparsely populated camps and residents of the National Forest.
None of the state’s fires compare to the size of the megafire that destroyed the West Coast, but with resources thin and calling for dry weather while forecasting, the local fire team was keeping a close eye on the blaze.
Many counties in the state are fueled by a fire on the coast, prompting the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to issue warnings about unhealthy air for most areas of the state.
As Trump again rejected science, Biden called him ‘climate arson’.
With wildfires throughout the West, climate change took center stage in the White House race on Monday, as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called President Trump a “climate arson”, while the president said “I don’t think science knows” what is really happening.
The day after the duel appeared revealed the differences between the two candidates, an incumbent president who had long changed climate change as a hoax and challenged environmental regulations, and a challenger launched an aggressive campaign. Called for rapid curbing of greenhouse gases. extreme weather.
Mr. Trump flew to California after weeks of public silence about the flames that forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, wiped out communities and forests, burned millions of acres, turning the region into smoke Gave and killed at least 27 million people. But even when confronted by the Governor of California and other state officials, the president attributed the crisis not solely to climate change but to poor forest management.
Mr. Biden, for his part, confirmed Mr. Trump’s record on climate, stating that the president’s inaction and denial caused not only the current emergency on the West Coast but also the flooding in the Midwest and the devastation along the Gulf Coast to devastate Was destroyed. Wilmington, Del. In an external speech at a museum in the US, the Democratic presidential candidate sought to portray the second Trump term as a threat to the nation’s suburbs, reversing an attack on him by the president.
“If we have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned in the wilderness?” Mr. Biden asked. “How many suburban areas would be flooded? How many suburbs would have been blown up in Superstorm? If you ignite a climate in the White House for four years, we wonder if we have more of America? “
The North Complex Fire last week lowered the pine-fringing shoreline through the small California mountain community of Lake Madron, which was mixed with cottages and covered by bears and beaver, to bare black wood and ash.
The community had spent years removing forest debris and removing forest debris for fire prevention. But strong winds, high temperatures and firestorms lasting about 20 miles in a few days destroyed their defenses last weekend and destroyed nearly half of the 130 homes.
“We hoped we had done enough,” Lake resident Scott Owen said. “After seeing that fire, I don’t think you can do enough. This fire went like no one had seen before.”
On Monday evening, Butte County Sheriff Corey Mania announced an additional victim of the fire, killing at least 15 people. He said family members of some of those who died reported that the individuals had packed their bags and planned to evacuate, but changed their minds based on misinformation that the fire was 50 percent contained.
Mr. Owen’s entire locality bursts into the ground. A neighbor barely survived, he said, and survived the flames in a rivulet. On Monday, neighbors were still trying to account for everyone, hoping authorities would not have to search for debris with cadaver dogs.
Although the flames have moved north, the residents of Lake Madron have not yet returned. Mr. Owen, who has owned a house on the lake for decades, said he was not sure he would rebuild.
“I think things have changed and we are setting more fires,” he said. “It’s a record year – who knows where it goes from here.”
Reporting was contributed by Peter baker, Lisa Friedman, Christine Hauser, Thomas Kaplan, Dave philip And Alan uhas.