Fires in the Western United States covered about 2 million hectares

The Governor of Oregon requested additional Federal assistance in connection with the fires.

The Governor of Oregon has appealed to Federal authorities for more help connected with the deadly fires raging in the Western United States.

Meanwhile, residents are trying to help people forced to leave their homes because of the fires.

Dozens of wildfires have been raging on about 2 million hectares in California, Oregon, and Washington since August. The fire devastated several small towns, destroyed thousands of homes, and killed at least 36 people.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire protection said 16,600 firefighters were battling 25 fires in the most populous US state on Tuesday, after largely managing two fires on Monday.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown, on Monday, sent a letter to the White House requesting that a presidential disaster Declaration be issued after the Federal Declaration of emergency appeared on September 10.

The Democratic Governor, in particular, asks for additional communication resources, to send damage assessment specialists, to help with search and rescue operations and clearing debris, and to assist in providing shelter and medical assistance to victims.

The fires have led to dangerous levels of smoke and soot in the region’s air and painted the sky orange-brown – and this at a time when residents are trying to cope with another emergency related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The area after fires sometimes presents a surreal picture, which can be seen, for example, in Talent, Oregon, where burned homes and cars are covered with the red fire-resistant compound.
Tens of thousands of displaced people across the Pacific Northwest of the United States are adjusting to life as evacuees.

In Phoenix, Oregon, families who have left their homes, including those with young children, are sleeping in their cars or finding shelter in local community centers or churches, said city Councilwoman Sarah Westover.

“Given the current situation, it becomes much more difficult to comply with the restrictions related to COVID-19,” she said.

On Monday, President Donald Trump, seeking re-election to a second term, met with firefighters and officials in California.

His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, called the Republican President a “climate arsonist” for refusing to acknowledge the impact of climate change on wildfires.

Meanwhile, Trump said he was “not sure science knows anything” about climate change.

Ten fire deaths have been confirmed in Oregon over the past week. At least 25 people have died in fires in California since mid-August, and one case has been established in Washington State. According to data collected from these three states, the fires destroyed more than 6,200 homes and other structures.

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