Crews search for dead in OR as wildfires rage

Crews search for dead in OR as wildfires rage

The state suffered 14,000 dry lightning strikes which set off hundreds of fires, some that combined into creating five of the 10 largest fires in its recorded history.

Biden, who is to give his climate speech in DE on Monday, released a $2 trillion plan in July to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from US power plants by 2035.

The president's visit is to last only a few hours, before he heads to Arizona to return to the campaign trail.

Joe Biden's presidential running mate, Kamala Harris, also chimed in. She has tweeted that Trump has "denied evidence" the fires were "intensified by the climate crisis".

The Director of Oregon's office of emergency management, Andrew Phelps, said at least 10 people have died amid growing fears of "mass fatality".

"They never had anything like this", Trump said.

Democrats have emphasized that climate change has played a role, and Biden is expected to emphasize that in his remarks.

"Talk to a firefighter, if you think that climate change isn't real", the Democratic mayor said on CNN's "State of the Union".

The president and his administration have sought to pin the blame for the large wildfires on state officials, saying fuel-choked forests and chaparral scrub need to be thinned and "raked". Confronting the worsening conditions of climate change, and the still more unsafe conditions to come, has "critical relevance for ongoing efforts to manage wildfire risks in California and other regions", the researchers wrote.

Worsening the sense of environmental catastrophe, all five of the world's most air-polluted cities Saturday were on the West Coast, according to IQAir, with dense smog and ash coating the atmosphere from Los Angeles up to Vancouver in Canada.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee described the situation as "apocalyptic".

President Donald Trump will visit California's Sacramento County on Monday to meet with officials about the wildfires, the White House announced Saturday.

An additional four deaths in the fires in OR on Friday, two in Jackson County and two in Marion County, brought the total in the state so far to eight.

However the smoke is helping firefighters by blocking the sun and turning the weather cooler as they tried to get a handle on the blazes, which were slowing in some places.

Incident Meteorologist Dan Borsum said during a Sunday news conference on California's North Complex Fire that it was "exceptionally difficult" to say when air quality in the region will improve.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said about 500,000 acres typically burn each year, but just in the past week, flames have swallowed over a million acres, pointing to long-term drought and recent wild weather swings in the state. "I have approved 37 Stafford Act Declarations, including Fire Management Grants to support their courageous work".

The FBI and state and local authorities say there is not truth to rumors circulating online that anti-fascist activists started fires in Oregon.

In California, where fires since last month have charred over 3.2 million acres and destroyed about 4,000 structures, the number of dead reached 20 on Saturday.

Canyon Expresso survived the Beachie Creek Fire east of Salem, Ore., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.

"We went back to Mill City this morning, but police advised us not to as it is unsafe", Elaina Early told AFP.

"My son is six and he is in shock, it's hard for him", the 36-year-old added.

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