Smoke from west coast wildfires now stretching into GTA

  • Smoke from west coast wildfires now stretching into GTA

Smoke from west coast wildfires now stretching into GTA

By Monday morning, more than 3.3 million acres have been burned in the Golden State this year - more than 27 times more than in 2019, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The state is also deploying its National Guard to flattened neighbourhoods and up to 1,000 troops will be there by the weekend, the head of the Oregon National Guard said.

Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee slammed by Republicans for not visiting disaster areas, spoke from his home state of DE on the threat of increasingly frequent weather extremes that scientists have pointed to as evidence that climate change is supercharging the fires. But the president later predicted that temperatures would begin to get cooler, according to the pool report: "Just watch".

The president and his administration have sought to pin the blame for the large wildfires on state officials, saying fuel-choked forests and scrub need to be thinned, firebreaks must be cut and flammable dead leaves cleared from forest floors. Millions of dollars are spent on such reduction efforts every year in Western states though many argue more needs to be done.

"Compare that to last fire season", said Newsom. White House adviser Peter Navarro echoed that Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union, " saying that for many years in California, "particularly because of budget cutbacks, there was no inclination to manage our forests".

Forest management, which includes tree thinning and brush clearing, is costly, labor-intensive work that is effective in reducing fuel for wildfires. "You're experiencing climate change". There are no longer enough mills to handle salvageable timber, whose proceeds can help offset the costs of forest thinning.

"Sometimes I feel like we are making progress at increasing the pace and scale of resilience treatments, but largely, the same issues are at play, and progress has been slow", Bailey said.

And as more people move into rural areas or build vacation cabins in the woods, prescribed burning is less of an option.

"The hots are getting a lot hotter, the drys are getting a lot drier", he said. "You've got a lot of things that, if that fire for some reason escapes, you're nearly immediately into someone else's property".

On Monday, the US president travelled to Phoenix, Arizona, where he talked to Governor Gavin Newsom concerning the climate situation and wildfires ravaging across the US West Coast. "[A president] who understands that the damage from climate change is already here".

Trump has referred to climate change as a "hoax", and in 2017 pulled the United States out of the Paris accords laying out an worldwide approach to global warming.

But he countered that global warming was nevertheless a driving factor in newly extreme wildfire behavior, and he reminded Trump that 57% of forest land in California is under federal ownership.

Warnings of low moisture and strong winds could fan the flames in hard-hit southern OR to Northern California and last through Tuesday. Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes as the fast-moving flames turned neighborhoods to nothing but charred rubble and burned-out cars.

In Oregon, more than a dozen large wildfires have burned hundreds of thousands of acres and killed at least 10 people, ABC News reported. Officials also braced for a rise in the death toll.

Twenty-four people have died in California, while OR and Washington state have recorded ten deaths and one death, respectively. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.