Death toll in West Coast wildfires reaches 35, officials anxious about winds

Death toll in West Coast wildfires reaches 35, officials anxious about winds”

"It will start getting cooler".

The president and his administration have long sought to pin the blame for large wildfires on state officials, saying fuel-choked forests and scrub need to be thinned, more firebreaks should be cut and flammable debris cleared from forest floors.

Dozens of conflagrations have raged more than 1.6 million hectares in Oregon, California and Washington state since August, laying waste to several small towns, destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 35 people.

"It'll start getting cooler".

While Trump keeps pointing his finger at the Democratic leadership in California, NBC pointed out previously that 57% of the forest land in the state of California actually belongs to, and is managed by, the Federal government. "I think there's an area of at least commonality on vegetation and forest management, but please respect - and I know you do - the difference of opinion out here as it relates to this fundamental issue, on the issue of climate change". "They become really like a match stick", he added.

Calling Trump a "climate arsonist", Biden said: "If we have four more years of Trump's climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned by wildfires?"

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.

"Donald Trump's climate denial may not have caused these fires and record floods and record hurricanes", said Biden, 77, "but if he gets a second term these hellish events will continue to become more common, more devastating and more deadly".

But he said the overwhelming cause of the problem is far bigger.

"We want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate and what it means to our forests".

Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris is also set to tour the damage Tuesday. She has tweeted that Trump has "denied evidence" the fires were "intensified by the climate crisis". In California, 24 people have died, and one person was killed in Washington state.

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Trump has made little comment about the massive blazes in recent weeks, drawing loud criticism for not acknowledging the crisis.

The state is also deploying its National Guard to flattened neighbourhoods and up to 1,000 troops will be there by the weekend, the head of the Oregon National Guard said.

Ten deaths have been confirmed during the past week in OR, the latest flashpoint in a larger summer outbreak of fires accompanied by catastrophic lightning storms, record-breaking heat waves and bouts of extreme winds.

More than 30,000 firefighters are battling the blazes, with wind gusts and drier weather on Monday threatening more destructions.

In California, evacuations were ordered for the northern tip of the San Gabriel Valley suburb of Arcadia as the Bobcat Fire threatened communities.

Two new deaths were confirmed from the North Complex Fire, which swept at unprecedented speeds last week into areas already ravaged less than two years ago by the Camp Fire - California's deadliest ever blaze.

Seventy-five thousand people in Linn County, Iowa were still without power; nearly every building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was damaged in some way (with more than 1,000 homes declared uninhabitable); and with trash pickup halted, animals were scavenging through the bags of rotting garbage piling up in the streets.

He said seven people remain missing.

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

But despite fires raging across a significant portion of America's west coast, spewing smoke that by now has reached across the entire country, a disaster of this scale was only worth around two hours of President Trump's time on Monday. Crowfoot politely pushed back that he wished the science agreed with the president.

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