President Donald Trump will visit the Wildfire Command Center on Monday and meet with Gavin Newsom of the California government. The death toll from nearly 100 large wildfires is roaring in the West Increased to at least 35.
Firefighters battled high winds and low humidity. Meteorologist Dan Borsom said strong fires with southeastern winds and low humidity will increase the fire climate across the region on Monday. He said conditions would improve slightly on Tuesday.
Borsom said air quality in the area may not improve until October.
Two more deaths occurred in California, where the death toll rose to 24. Ten deaths Reported in Oregon And fires began to erupt a month ago in drought conditions in the state of Washington.
Many were missing and an unknown number of homes were destroyed.
President Donald Trump, who is in the West for campaign fundraising and rallies, will meet with California Gov. Gavin Newsom today to visit the Fire Command Center in Sacramento County, where he will be briefed by local and federal fire and emergency officials, the White House said. Said. Despite thanking firefighters in a tweet on Friday that indicated financial help was on the way, Trump did not say much about the blaze on Twitter or in his public appearances. Last month he threatened to withhold federal money.
At a rally in Pennsylvania in August, he said, “I see wildfires starting again.” They are starting again in California. I said, you need to clean your floors, you need to clean your forests. … “Maybe we’ll have to pay them because they did not listen to us.”
Trump’s claims that forest management is to blame for the fires are falling on deaf ears among Democratic politicians on the West Coast. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Insley described climate change as “hurting our states in the West.”
“For our communities, when the whole West Coast of the United States is engulfed in flames, we expect a president to reject it,” Inceley said. “These are atmospheric fires.”
Senator Jeff Merkley, de-Oregon, also appeared on the show, pointing out that cascade snowpacks are small and forests are dry.
“The president told me about the forest. It’s a big and destructive lie,” Merkley said.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted: “The hots are warming up. The wet is getting wet. Climate change is not going to happen in the future. It’s happening now.”
In California, Butte County Sheriff Corey Honia announced two more people were dead from the North Complex fire, bringing the death toll to 14. Honia said seven were missing, but said she had “leads” to all of them in her office. He said there were more than 160 people who were once listed as missing. More than 400 square miles of fires in Butte and Plumas counties were listed as 26% on Monday. The fires, 80 miles north of Sacramento, have been burning for almost a month.
State Fire Marshal Jim Walker made an offer to a disturbed employee he said Which eventually led to his resignation. The employee was concerned about a relative who lived in the area where the four died after a beach creek fire ran through the area a week ago. So, on Thursday night, Walker and an event management team member searched through the dark and dense smoke of the deep valley. All but one were counted. Walker, who reported to State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton the next day, was placed on paid leave.
“Their take … you are using your position or your job to get into that area,” Walker said. “I can not work in good faith in a system that does not support what I see as what needs to be provided to our firefighters on the ground.”
– Claire Viticombe, Salem Statesman Journal
A section of Sequoia National Park has been closed The Sequoia Complex fire threatens three rivers that are the gateway to the park. Three Rivers is a town in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the edge of the San Joaquin Valley with a population of over 2,000.
“Our No. 1 priority is the safety of the public and employees. It is important to take care of our staff and our Gateway community on the three rivers,” said Acting Superintendent Lee Taylor. That’s our intention. “
– Shean N. Romero and James Ward, Visalia Times-Delta
Call Fire provided a terrible update on state wildfires. A total of 16,750 firefighters are battling 29 major wildfires across California. Since the beginning of this year, more than 3.3 million acres of wildfires have burned in the state over an area larger than the state of Connecticut. Since Aug. 15, more than 4,100 structures have been destroyed as California’s firefighting operations intensified amid thousands of lightning strikes between forests and bushes.
Contribution: Associated Press