At least seven dead as dozens of wildfires rage across western US
Dozens of extreme wind-driven wildfires swept across western US states on Thursday, destroying hundreds of homes and killing at least seven people, authorities have said.
In 48 hours, three people died from a lightning-sparked fire in northern California, while three were reported dead in Oregon and a one-year-old boy died in Washington state, police said.
Oregon bore the brunt of nearly 100 major wildfires ripping across the West Coast states, with nearly 3,000 firefighters battling more than two dozen wildfires.
The blazes tore through at least five communities in Oregon’s Cascade mountain range as well as areas of coastal rainforest normally spared from wildfires.
East of Salem, Oregon, search and rescue teams entered destroyed communities like Detroit, where firefighters abandoned equipment and led residents on a dramatic mountain escape after military helicopters were unable to evacuate the town.
A 12-year-old boy was found dead with his dog inside a burn