West Coast fires: As firefighters hope to gain ground on some fires, others indicate greater evacuation



They say a lot of rain will fall on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains, where Oregon Department of Forestry fire chief Doug Graff says “he’ll ask for it.”

Rain is forecast for parts of Oregon and Washington but very little rain has been reported for California, where officials have warned of hot and dry conditions, which will increase the risk of fire over the weekend.

The state has so far scorched more than 3.4 million acres this year, killing 25 people and downsizing hundreds of homes.

According to the US Forest Service, fresh evacuations were ordered Thursday in parts of Southern California, threatened by the Bobcat Fire, which has exceeded 55,000 acres and is 9% contained.
According to the National Intergency Fire Center, it is one of about 59 unrelated large fires burning in the west of the US.

Blur together, three states According to a spokesperson and a report by NIFC, more than 5.8 million acres have been burned. At least 34 people have died.

Many are still leaving their homes behind

California authorities on Thursday ordered the communities around Juniper Hills to leave, following the “rapid” surge of the Bobcat Fire.
Juniper Hills resident Peter Trono told CNN that we got everything together, all our valuables, things we wanted, paperwork and stuff, photos.
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“I hope my neighbors all get out and they are all safe,” he said. “And I just pray that we come back to a house and if we don’t, it’s just stuff, right?”

Similar scenes have occurred in the state over the past few weeks, as violent flames drove residents out of their homes.

California government Gavin Newsom says climate change is to blame.

The governor said, “The fundamental facts cannot be denied.” “Trendlines are not going in the right direction.”

Since the beginning of the year, California has seen about 7,900 foresters, says CAL Fire. More than 6,200 structures across the state have been damaged or The destroyed.

In Riverside County, fire starting Thursday has already grown to 1,200 acres and is 0% contained. CNN affiliate KTLA reported that a community near the Snow Creek Fire was ordered to evacuate Thursday afternoon.

New danger looms

In Oregon, Sen. Jeff Merkle said the damage survey was “a World War II ground-hit fire bombing and destroying thousands of homes, destroying residences.”

“A lot of them are apartment buildings and mobile home parks, built housing parks, so there are many families who had very modest housing, the cheapest housing, housing is gone. We had commercial districts burnt to the ground. it’s too heavy. . “

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The land that has been destroyed may now give way to another danger that is in danger: mudslides.

“Recently burnt ground has a better chance of erosion / kerosene,” National Weather Service in Pendleton, Oregon said. “Know when you are in relation to them.”

Mudslides can occur when burnt ground that is missing vegetation, which stabilizes the soil, becomes heavy with rainwater and, unable to keep its weight, starts flowing down the slope , Gathers debris and momentum.

According to CNAN KATU KATU, emergency officials in Clackamas County said, “They can flow rapidly, with little or no warning of avalanche speeds.”

CNN’s Joe Sutton and Rob Shackford contributed to this report.

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