Smoke chokes US West Coast as wildfire deaths keep climbing

Wildfire smoke that posed a health hazard to millions choked the West Coast in the US on Saturday as firefighters battled deadly blazes that obliterated some towns and displaced tens of thousands of people, the latest in a series of calamities this year. For people already enduring the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic fallout and political tensions evident in the Black Lives Matter protests and far-right counter protests, the fires added a new layer of misery. “What’s next? You have the protests, coronavirus pandemic, now the wildfires. “What else can go wrong?” lamented Danielle Oliver, 40, of Happy Valley, southeast of Portland. READ MORE:’Evacuate now’: Wildfires grow in Oregon, US as 500,000 fleeCalifornia fire deadliest in a year of blazes, ten confirmed deadCouple fleeing raging US wildfires disappear during attempt to find shelter The death toll from the fires in California, Oregon and Washington stood at 28 and was expected to rise sharply. Most of the fatalities were in California and Oregon. Oregon’s emergency management director said officials were preparing for a possible “mass fatality event” if many more bodies turn up in the ash. And the state fire marshal resigned after abruptly being placed on administrative leave. The state… Read full this story

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