Wednesday, September 9th was a devastating day for thousands of people in California, Oregon and Washington. While the strong, dry winds and heat waves in the area intensified the fire, evacuations and rescue missions began rapidly. Even so, at least 7 people lost their lives due to West Coast wildfires.
Although the sun was rising in the Californian Bay Area, the clouds of smoke darkened the sky. As a result, San Francisco citizens witnessed what seemed like an endless, orange night. The smoke coming from the Sierra Nevada mountains blocked out the sun, while thousands of acres of land burned every 30 minutes. Sacramento experienced fires which rose up to 40 thousand feet and 3 people died in Butte County.
Over 2.5 million acres have already burned down this year in California.
More than 300,000 acres have burned in the state. In the cities of Detroit, Phoenix and Talent an estimated 1000 homes and many local businesses have been lost. The number of casualties will most likely increase in the following days, as the authorities haven’t reached all of the affected areas yet.
Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon: “This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history.”
480,000 acres of land burned this week throughout the state, and almost all homes and public institutions completely burned down in the small town of Malden. A 1 year-old died in the fire while his parents were found close to the Columbia River and were taken to the hospital. Volunteers are currently helping out victims of the fires with food supplies and water.
“It’s an extreme tragedy for any loss of life,” Sheriff Tony Hawley said.
Reporters are publishing live updates of the West Coast wildfires as we speak. For more environment-related news, here’s another event which took place this week: The Doorway to Hell: A Massive Mystery Holes Suddenly Appeared in Russia.