Oregon flames as wildfire in western states for “mass fatal event”

At least 19 people have died this week in Oregon, Washington and California Wildfire continues Dozens of western states are still missing in Oregon, where officials are preparing for a “mass fatal incident”.

“We know that we are dealing with fire-related deaths and we are preparing for a large-scale fatal event based on the number of structures we know and lost,” Andrew Phelps, state emergency The director of the management office said. “Long-term recovery is going to last years.”

12% of the state’s population – more than half a million people Run away from their homes Oregon and large scale evacuations continue throughout the region. Oregon Governor Kate Brown said, the fire has burned more than 1 million acres.

“I know this has happened for a few days, many Oregonians are suffering right now, whether they are concerned about themselves or our families and communities,” Brown said in a briefing on Friday. “We are fighting these fires.” We are doing everything. ”

Demonic fires are moving so fast that they are overwhelming the fire crew. Are also causing fire Suffocating smoke From Los Angeles to Seattle. Portland and San Francisco now have the world’s worst air quality and officials are urging people to stay indoors.

In Berry Creek, California, there used to be a lakeside community full of homes burned down. A fire has killed at least 10 people, including 16-year-old Josiah Williams, who was found near his home last night. California’s original place of death was 12, but has since been revised to 11.

Ashland Oregon Fire
This aerial view shows search and rescue teams on September 11, 2020 in Ashland, Oregon.

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In Washington, Jamie and Jake Hyland lost their 1-year-old son, Ariel, and their unborn child as they tried to escape the flames. The couple also got severely scorched.

“In the worst nightmare, I couldn’t imagine that my sister and brother-in-law would have to do everything to fight for their lives and protect their child,” Jamie Hyland’s sister, Donwemi Baxter, told CBS News. “And so to lose her and her child, that’s no word and nothing will ever correct it.”

There is some expected news: calm winds are predicted for this weekend, and the Pacific Northwest may see some much-needed rain next week.