Massive Wildfires Continue to Ravage Pacific Northwest
At least 24 people have died from the massive wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest in California, Oregon and Washington State.
The number of people ordered to evacuate in Oregon rose to 500,000 today (more than 10% of Oregon's population).
The scale and scope of the wildfires, which have been burning for several weeks now, is unprecedented. Over 3,000,000 acres have burned in just California and 3 of the 5 largest wildfires in state history are still burning. Huge portions of Washington and Oregon are also on fire.
Many scientists are saying this is a direct impact of climate change and that the consequent dry conditions, heat waves, and lightning storms are extremely conducive to creating and spreading wildfires.
The wildfires and smoke have led to the appearance of "alien"-like orange skies throughout the Northwest.
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