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Search on for survivors as wildfires torch US West”

Almost all of the dozens of people reported missing after a devastating blaze in southern OR have been accounted for, authorities said, as crews continued to battle wildfires that have killed at least 33 victims from California to Washington state.

One of Facebook's third-party fact-checking partners, PolitiFact, wrote last Thursday on its website that dozens of posts blaming Antifa - a largely unstructured, far-left movement - for the fires had been flagged by Facebook's systems, and that collectively the posts had been shared thousands of times.

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 from the blazes coating the atmosphere from Los Angeles up to Vancouver in Canada.

"My administration is closely coordinating with state and local leaders, and we want to thank the more than 200,000 people that are working on it and 28,000 firefighters and first responders who courageously and bravely are fighting out there", Trump said.

The three Democratic leaders of California, Oregon and Washing blamed the states' dire conditions on climate change.

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

"This is truly the bellwether for climate change on the West Coast", she said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation". "This isn't about forest management or raking".

"There are still active fires, power lines are down, trees are down, there are roads that are impassable", said Sheriff Kory Honea, warning evacuees it could take "weeks and weeks" to return to their homes.

California has seen 3.3 million acres burn - an annual record, with more than three months of the fire season still to come - and over 4,100 structures destroyed.

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Paul Clement described to AFP how he fled his home in Berry Creek.

"I couldn't even see 5 feet ahead of me", she said.

Mr Stone called the decision "consistent with (Facebook's) past efforts to remove content that could lead to imminent harm given the possible risk to human life as the fires rage on".

A total of 80 members of Utah Task Force 1 have been activated to aid in Oregon's wildfire recovery by assisting with wide area search, said a tweet from Unified Fire Authority Sunday.

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

He tweeted that a 36-year-old Puyallup resident was caught on State Route 167 at Meridian for setting a fire on Wednesday and is now in jail.

"We saw a bird that was flying and then all sudden it just completely dropped out of the sky. if it's killing God's creatures, I don't want to die too".

Preparations have been hampered by false online claims that "extremists" are intentionally setting fires in OR, which have been debunked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Drought conditions, extreme temperatures and high winds in OR created the "perfect firestorm" for the blazes to grow, Brown told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "What we're experiencing right here is coming to communities all across the United States of America unless we get our act together on climate change".



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