Wildfire Live Updates: In Oregon, firefighters face threat of reviving winds

After some calm, the winds threaten to resurface in parts of Oregon.

Firefighters battling devastating flames in Oregon are expected to face wind gusts again in parts of the state on Sunday, as flames also threaten the fan as dozens of missing people continue to search.

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a “red flag warning” in southern Oregon and surrounding counties in California due to the possibility of wind and dry weather. Thunderstorms can be seen at speeds of up to 40 mph in some areas, and forecasters said the winds would “contribute to the significant spread of new and existing fires.”

“We can see a challenging Sunday,” said Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon.

The raging fire in Oregon has already consumed more than one million acres and forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. Combined with a record-setting 3.1 million acres burned in California and more than 600,000 acres burned in Washington State, the West Coast has been blanketed for days by the thick smoke that has bathed cities in apocalyptic fog and on the planet. Is the worst quality. .

The calm winds blowing inland from the Pacific Ocean and the torrential rains on Saturday helped the crew make some progress on the fire, which Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon called a “one-time generation event.”

Sunday’s warnings include Jackson County, where Alameda swept through the communities of Talent and Phoenix, destroying hundreds of homes and killing at least five people, leading to a death toll in the West Coast Turned 20. Jackson County officials remained on the list of their missing at around 50, although some were being searched safely.

The Alameda fire was still about 50 percent which was Saturday night. And just to the north, the large South Obechen fire was only 20 percent contained.

Forecasters warned that dangerous wind conditions could wander through Monday, encouraging people to limit their time. Officials hope that a change in weather on Monday could bring rain with the help of both smoke and fire.

On Saturday, the Oregon State Police announced that the State Fire Marshal, James Walker, resigned after being placed on administrative leave earlier in the day.

The statement does not say why Mr. Walker resigned. He was replaced by his chief deputy Mariana Ruiz-Temple.

President Trump is scheduled to visit McClellan Park, California on Monday.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on the CNN program “State of the Union” on Sunday that he was delighted that the president would see for the first time what was happening in California. But Mr Garcetti, using his presence, criticized Mr Trump’s efforts to loosen climate control regulations, saying the administration has a “head in the sand” on environmental issues.

“This is climate change,” Mr. Garcetti said, noting that the president is blaming the West Coast’s devastating wildfires for poor forest management.

“It is not just about forest management or uproar,” Mr. Garcetti said, “whoever lives in California is very openly insulted and suppresses this lie.”

Recent blasts along the West Coast have killed at least 20 people.

They lived more than 500 miles from each other – one is in the dense foothills of the northeastern Sierra Nevada of Sacramento, California’s capital, in a dense jungle valley east of Salem, Oregon’s capital.

Josiah Williams, 16.

Wyatt Toffet, 13.

They were cut to young lives, victims of the great western wilderness of the 2020s.

The arrival of the fire season in the American West has always brought fear of fatalities, particularly among the elderly and infants, unable to escape the flames.

But the deaths of two athletic teenagers, Josiah and Wyatt, speak of the speed and speed of the fires that a record four million acres of California and Oregon combined burned this year.

The fire has been the worst in decades, having been affected by climate change, after thick smoke splashes and evacuations in large parts of Washington, Oregon and California. As of Saturday, the fire in California burned 26 times more in the area than in the same time last year.

Later this week, law enforcement officials were raging communities for missing persons. At least 20 people have died in the grip of fire, with dozens of people missing and only several parts of the west in the fire.

Although fires have proved more deadly in previous years – a fire in 2018 that killed more than 80 people in California’s paradise city in a single night – the number obscures the trauma that brings each death to smaller communities, Terror like wild animals have done.

Ash fell from a centrifuge orange sky as Jennifer Willin left home last week from the only school in Little Berry Creek, California, where she picked up a pair of Wi-Fi hot spots for her daughters’ remote classrooms. Hours later, his cellphone burst with an emergency alert: empty immediately.

By the next morning, an officer described as a “massive wall of fire” that swept the entire Northern California town of about 1,200 people, killing nine residents and destroying the school and nearly every home and business .

Ms. Willin and her family fled to a cramped hotel room 60 miles away. In his panic, he forgot to hold the mask, but had his daughters’ laptops and school books as well as his hot spots. On Monday, the two girls planned to meet with their teachers on Zoom, to have some rest amid the chaos.

Amid twin disasters, distance education preparations that are schools designed for the coronovirus crisis are providing a strange kind of stability for teachers and students, connecting many people and taking comfort in the unexpected form of a virtual community Huh.

“They are still able to school,” Ms. Willin said, “even if the school burned to the ground.”

Smoke from wildfires, which may contain toxins from burned buildings, has been linked to serious health problems.

Studies have shown that when smoke waves increase the rate of hospital visits and many additional patients experience respiratory problems, heart attacks and strokes.

When the sky is clear, the health effects of forest fire smoke do not go away. A recent study on Montana residents suggested a long tail for exposure to wildfire smoke.

Erin Landguth, an associate professor in the school of public and community health sciences at the University of Montana and lead author of the study, said the research showed that “after a bad fire season, a person would expect to see three to five times worse flu Season ”months later.

If you cannot leave an area with high levels of smoke, the CDC recommends limiting exposure by staying indoors with windows and doors and running the airconditioner in recirculation mode so that outside air does not enter your home .

Portable air purifiers are also recommended, although, like air-conditioners, they require electricity. If utilities cut power, as has happened in California, those options are limited.

If you have power, avoid frying food, which can increase indoor smoke.

Experts say it is particularly important to avoid cigarettes. They recommend to avoid strenuous outdoor activities if the wind goes bad. When outside, well-fitted N95 masks are also recommended, although they are in short supply due to coronovirus epidemics.

Some other masks, especially tightly woven made of different layers of fabric, can provide “very good filtration” if they fit closely to the face, at the British Columbia Center for Disorder Control in Environmental Health Services Senior scientist Sarah Henderson said. .

Reporting was contributed by Mike baker, Nicholas Bogel-Burrows, Thomas fuller, Dan levin And Kate taylor.