Thousands of firefighters were on the lines of dozens of major wildfires across the western USA on Saturday as smoke continued to cloud the air.
Amid the devastating blazes, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order to combat price gouging. It's hard, she said, to see pictures of the devastation since her visit. An estimated 500,000 or approximately 10 percent of Oregon's population has been evacuated, and the number continues to grow.
Last week, Pelosi barely mentioned the fires, which are ravaging her own home state of California, until Thursday, when she was asked about them on MSNBC and in a weekly press conference.
With the two large fires - called the Beachie Fire and the Riverside Fire - threatening to merge, some firefighters in Clackamas County, which encompasses Molalla, were told to disengage temporarily Thursday because of the danger.
Nineteen people have been killed and thousands of structures, including homes, have been destroyed. In Oregon, the spate of fires has burned almost twice the average annual losses in just the past week.
California already is leading the nation in lowering its carbon output, Newsom said, but "we're going to have to do more and we're going to have to fast-track our efforts".
The land burned in just the past five days amounted to the state's second-worst fire season, after 2015, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee noted.
Winds coming from the Pacific Ocean also neutralized the fires' advance and even pushed them back, Myers said.
"Thousands of evacuated Oregonians are sleeping in motels, on cots in shelters, or with friends/family", Brown tweeted.
"They are working their butts off with what they have", Beyer said of the crews.
A day after a delegation of OR lawmakers sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking for disaster assistance, he approved the state's emergency declaration.
Fire officials did not have an estimate for when the fire would be contained.
"The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the objective of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures.to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe", a statement from the White House said.
The bill opens the door for members of California's special Conservation Fire Camp program, which allows certain inmates to join the battle against massive blazes, to file a petition to both expunge their records and waive parole time, CBS San Francisco reports.
In California, at least 14,000 firefighters were one the front lines Friday battling 28 major active wildfires. Since the beginning of the year, wildfires have scorched a combined 3.1 million acres - an area larger than CT. The fire burned hundreds of homes and also had an ignition point in Ashland near a spot where a man was found dead.
One death has been confirmed in the CZU August Lightning Complex fire, which has burned 86,509 acres and destroyed 1,490 structures in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.
Shocking images have emerged showing bright orange skies over the west coast as the fires spread further north.
She told Newstalk Breakfast with Susan Keogh that "the largest wildfire in California history is burning right now".
PHOTO: MONROVIA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Mormon Lake Hotshots firefighter Sara Sweeney uses a drip torch to set a backfire to protect mountain communities from the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest on September 10, 2020 north of Monrovia, California.