Authorities have said that more than half a million people have had to flee their homes. As wildfires ravage the US state of Oregon and rampage across the Pacific Northwest.
More than half a million people evacuate: The flames are being fanned by hot, dry winds and the fires are feeding on water sapped vegetation. The worst hit areas are California, Washington and Oregon.
As the North Carolina wildfire continues to rage, 10 people have lost their lives and 16 are still missing. Californian sheriff’s deputies found 7 bodies on Thursday, just a day after 3 were found. Obviously as crews continue into the devastated areas more bodies could be found.
The massive fire had been half contained initially. However, dry winds on Tuesday fanned the flames and drove it through the Sierra Nevada foothills. Lightning is believed to have sparked the fires after storms.
Weather forecasters have said the good news is that the winds will ease this week in the fire torn areas which will help firefighters to contain the spread. In Oregon, the Siskiyou County Sheriff office said that one fire raging along the Oregon border had destroyed 150 homes. Near the Happy Camp community and one person had been found dead.
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