Death toll from California wildfires rises to 17

Death toll from California wildfires rises to 17 In Butte County alone, 10 people were found dead Authorities warned that the death toll ...

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  • Death toll from California wildfires rises to 17
  • In Butte County alone, 10 people were found dead
  • Authorities warned that the death toll could rise as the fires continue to rage

According to a report presented by ABC NewsAt least 17 people have died in the wildfires that are raging in California, Oregon and Washington.

Authorities warned that the death toll could rise as the fires continue to rage.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown warned that the destruction is likely to worsen as 500,000 Oregonians, representing more than 10 percent of the state’s population, have been forced to evacuate.

Death toll from California wildfires rises to 17

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More than 1,400 square miles (3,625 square kilometers) have burned this week in Oregon.

“I wish the 2020 wildfires were an anomaly, but this will not be a one-time event. Unfortunately, it is a benchmark for the future. We are seeing the devastating effects of climate change in Oregon, across the West Coast and around the world, “the governor wrote on her Twitter account.

“Over the past 24 hours, Oregon has experienced unprecedented wildfires, with devastating consequences across the state,” Brown said in a statement Thursday.

“Our number one priority right now is saving lives. This could be the largest loss of human life and property due to wildfires in our state’s history, ”he added.

The tragic fires have prompted Oregon lawmakers to plead with President Donald Trump to approve emergency disaster funds to help the state with wildfires, according to ABC News.

“It is imperative that the federal government support these local communities with the resources they need… Given the severity and speed with which these fires are spreading through my district, I urge you to expedite the declaration process to ensure that residents Oregon officials have the resources they need to respond to and recover quickly from these devastating wildfires, ”wrote Rep. Peter DeFazio, along with other Oregon lawmakers, in a letter to Trump.

A forest fire in northern California became the deadliest so far this year on Thursday, after authorities announced seven new deaths for a total of 10, and with the latent possibility that the number will increase due to that rescue crews are searching for 16 people who remain missing, according to The Associated Press.

Butte County police and detectives found seven bodies Thursday, a day after the remains of three other victims were discovered.

Among those missing are Sandy Butler and her husband, who called their son to tell him that they were going to try to escape the flames by getting into a pond.

Death toll from California wildfires rises to 17

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“We keep waiting and praying for good news,” said Jessica Fallon, who has two children with Butler’s grandson and considers them her own grandparents. “Everything else is replaceable, but not the life of my grandparents. I’d rather lose everything than the two of them. They are the ones that keep the family together ”.

More bodies could be found as crews move through the devastated areas. A team of anthropologists from Chico State University were assisting in the search, said county police Capt. Derek Bell.

The multi-week blaze was about 50% contained when winds reignited it Tuesday, moving down the slopes of the Sierra Nevada and destroying much of the town of Berry Creek.

More than 2,000 homes and buildings have been consumed by a series of rapidly advancing fires, now known as the North Complex, burning about 200 kilometers (125 miles) northeast of San Francisco.

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Forecasters noted that there was some good news: Winds are expected to remain light this week in the area of ​​the fires, while dense smoke contributed to slightly lower temperatures and is expected to keep humidity relatively high.

More than 12,500 square kilometers (4,800 square miles) have been consumed so far this year – more than Rhode Island, Delaware, and Washington DC combined – and fall is generally the worst wildfire season in the United States. United. In all, 19 people have died and nearly 4,000 structures have been affected by the flames across the state.

“It is a historic season as well as a historic season that replaced a historic season. We keep setting new precedents and then we keep destroying them, ”said Sean Norman, battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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President Donald Trump spoke with Governor Gavin Newsom “to express his condolences for the loss of life and to reiterate the administration’s full support for helping those on the front lines of the fires,” according to a White House spokesman. , Judd Deere.

Neighbors Oregon and Washington have also been hit.

“We’ve had this trauma all over Washington,” said State Governor Jay Inslee during a tour of the city, according to KHQ-TV. “But this is the place where the whole heart of the city was ripped out,” he added.

Wildfires have burned nearly 937 square miles (2,426 kilometers) in Washington, according to The New York Post.

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