OREGON, USA – Authorities in Oregon said more than 500,000 people statewide have been forced to evacuate because of wildfires, according to sources.
“The latest figures from Thursday evening come from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management,” the AP reported. “That’s over 10% of the state’s 4.2 million population.”
More than 1,400 square miles have burned this week in the state, with Authorities saying the wildfire activity was particularly acute Thursday afternoon in northwestern Oregon.
At a news conference Thursday, Gov. Kate Brown said there have been fatalities but the exact number is not yet known, the report said.
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CALIFORNIA, USA – California is experiencing more than two dozen wildfires, including three of its five largest ever, according to sources, as wildfires paint skies above orange.
Some 14,000 firefighters are battling 28 major blazes across California, which is in the middle of a 20-year mega-drought.
The latest deaths mean that fires in the state have now killed at least 11 people since last month. More than 2.3 million acres have been burned this year in the state, BBC reported.
Meanwhile, the former US President Barack Obama said in a tweet late Wednesday the wildfires across West Coast are examples of how climate changes affect communities, urging Americans to select their next president wisely as “your life depends on it”.
“The fires across the West Coast are just the latest examples of the very real ways our changing climate is changing our communities,” he said. “Protecting our planet is on the ballot. Vote like your life depends on it—because it does.”
Obama’s remarks came at a time the country is approaching to its 2020 presidential election, with former Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. to challenge incumbent President Donald Trump.