California wildfires kill 25 people
More than 17,000 firefighters are on the front lines in California battling more than two dozen large fires. At least 25 people have died and 3.3 million acres have burned since the beginning of the year. Since August 15, when the state's fire activity elevated, there have been 25 fatalities and over 4,200 structures destroyed. Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters Wednesday that since 1980 the state's average temperature between June and September has increased from roughly 71 degrees to 74 degrees. "While that may not seem significant - three degrees - it is profoundly impactful," he said. "Average temperatures in the state of California during these summer months increasing over the last number of decades is a direct cause and effect to the experience we're currently having,"
Mobile morgue set up in Oregon
At least eight people have died and 16 more are missing among the 29 fires in Oregon, according to the state's fire dashboard. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said in a news release investigators identified two victims in the Beachie fire as 41-year-old Justin Cook and 71-year-old Cathy Cook, both from the city of Lyons. The Cooks were located near their property, the sheriff's office said in the release.
More than 620,000 acres burned in Washington
In Washington, more than 620,000 acres have burned in recent weeks, creating a thick, blanket of smoke trapped by mountain ranges on either side. Two hundred structures have been destroyed and at least one person has died - a child in the Cold Springs fire near Omak. During a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee called the air quality "oppressive."