Ferocious wildfires on horrific scale has swept through large parts of the Western United States on Wednesday. These wildfires – that has swept up to an extent and scale – has caused several deaths (16 till now with more on the count) and destruction of property, ranging from Oregon, Washington and California. Places like Oregon and Washington located in the Pacific Northwest’s cool and wet climate, have never before witnessed such intense fire hazards; with winds at speeds of 80 km/h (50mph) spreading the tremendous blazes across the Western United States. Flames ravaged the towns of Detroit, Blue River, Vida, Phoenix and Talent, Oregon Governor Kate Brown said.
Till recent information, near about 100 fires are still havocking the west of the US, with 28 in California, where an estimate of about 930,800 hectares (2.3 million acres) have been burned and sixteen individuals confirmed dead. Orders of evacuation have been given in much of Medford in southern Oregon, otherwise could result in “the greatest loss in human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history”, Brown said. Situation is Oregon has even gone out of the hand of firefighters – thereby families are forced to evacuate for the sake of their lives. Officials in the Pacific Northwest said they did not recall ever having to deal with so many destructive fires at once in the areas where they were burning.
The Pacific Northeast has faced several wildfires in the past years, but this time the biggest fires have been ongoing in the eastern or southern parts of the region – keeping into consideration about the fact that the weather is considerably hotter with insignificant humidity, making the vegetation more prone to fires, than seen on the western side of the region. Climate scientists are led to believe the reason for these fires is mostly because of global warming and dry seasons in the Western US. “This fire is just burning at an explosive rate,” said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for California’s state fire authority. “You add the winds, the dry conditions, the hot temperatures, it’s the perfect recipe”. Helicopters have been used in recent days to rescue hundreds of people stranded in the burning Sierra National Forest, where a fire has destroyed 365 buildings, including at least 45 homes. Fire officials says that if these fire are not bought under control soon, about 5000 buildings may get engulfed in the flames. A spokeswoman for Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management announced that some 500,000 people, about an eighth of the state’s total population, had been told to leave their homes for safety purposes. Thousands more were displaced north and south in the neighbouring states of Washington and California.