The victims of the latest wildfires in the United States were 35 people.
Fires raging in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, which includes Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, have destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and even engulfed entire cities. More than a million hectares of land were destroyed. At least 35 people were killed in fires in the region.
Smoke from the fires enveloped the cities of San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland, making their air quality one of the worst in the world.
“Smoke filled the air with an acrid metallic smell, similar to the smell of small coins,” the Associated Press described the situation.
Clouds of smoke enveloping the region pose a threat to the health of millions of residents.
The air quality in Oregon was described as “dangerous” or “very unhealthy.”
Tens of thousands of people had to leave their homes.
According to the National weather service, visibility in some places was less than half a kilometer, which made driving dangerous.
US President Donald Trump has not commented on the situation in general. Still, he plans to visit California on Monday and get the latest data on the fires, which have become one of the most destructive in several years. Previously, he blamed poor forest management for fires in the region.
The Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, disagrees. She said the fires are “a wake-up call to do everything we can to deal with climate change.” The governors of California and Washington agree.