Storms in Oregon’s forecast could suppress or spread fires

Newsom confronts Trump on California fires

Newsom confronts Trump on California fires

Several miles (km) inland, air in the OR cities of Portland, Salem and Bend still registered as "hazardous" today, according to a state air quality tracking site. In Bend, the air quality index measured more than 500, exceeding the upper limit of the scale.

While a handful of fires remain troublesome, the overall trend was positive he said, especially on the biggest lightning-sparked conflagrations that have been burning since mid-August. "What this means is you should not go outside". There have been approximately 25 deaths in California.

The region still faces a formidable recovery from the fires, which have burned some 3.2 million acres in California since mid-August and another 1.7 million acres in OR and Washington state since Labor Day.

FILE - In this August 18, 2020, file photo, an air tanker drops retardant as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in unincorporated Napa County, Calif. We looked at the largest ones on Inciweb.

"There are thousands and thousands of home sites that need to be assessed, and inspected and searched", he told reporters.

The firefighter died on Thursday while battling the El Dorado wildfire in California's San Bernardino National Forest, U.S. Forest Service officials said on Friday.

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"If we have four more years of Trump's climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned in wildfires, how many suburban neighborhoods will have been flooded out, how many suburbs will have been blown away in superstorms?", Biden said during a campaign speech in his home state of DE on Monday.

Cooler weather and increasing humidity on Thursday was expected to help firefighting efforts in California, but authorities said warmer and drier weather during the weekend would bring more fire danger. Many more are displaced from their homes and waiting for evacuation orders to lift.

"Firefighters themselves, with decades of experience, are telling me that they've never seen fires like this before because of the extreme aridity combined with wind", Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state said at a news conference Tuesday. Parts of central OR were expecting gusts up to 35 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon that could contribute to a "significant spread" of new and existing fires, the National Weather Service in Medford, Ore., said. Alaska Airlines suspended flights out of Portland, Oregon, and Spokane, Washington, citing "thick smoke and haze".

The air quality in this region is now the worst in the world, topping the most polluted cities globally.

Highly critical of his Republican opponent, whom he called a "climate arsonist", he pointed out that the fires are part of the recent pattern of devastating natural disasters, from hurricanes to severe droughts, which ravage the country, something that reveals that the change Climate has entered an undeniable reality of acceleration that threatens the entire planet.

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