Hundreds of Arizona fire crews assigned to out-of-state wildfires

Elias Hubbard
September 15, 2020

She's expected to be joined by various state firefighting and public health officials who will also share information on evacuations, air quality, and how the wildfires are affecting various parts of the state. The fires have destroyed thousands of homes and buildings across the three states, and forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate.

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Near the Beachie Creek Fire, east of the OR capital Salem, police had set up multiple roadblocks on Sunday.

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, more firebreaks need to be cut and flammable debris cleared from forest floors.

In California, almost 17,000 firefighters are battling 29 major wildfires. Firefighters in the state have not seen anything like this season in more than a century, when the Great Fire of 1910 blazed through more than 3 million acres.

"The hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting drier", he said.

"I wish science agreed with you", responded Wade Crowfoot, the head of the California Natural Resources Agency, to which Trump replied: "I don't think science knows, actually". "Something has happened to the plumbing of the world and we come from a perspective, humbly, that we assert the science that climate change is real".

Newsom added, "Please respect the difference of opinion out here with respect to the fundamental issue of climate change". But the president later predicted that temperatures would begin to get cooler, according to the pool report: "Just watch".

Trump's visit follows a campaign event in Nevada, including an indoor rally in a Las Vegas suburb in defiance of a state restriction on gatherings of more than 50 people due to COVID-19.

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, who has described the wildfires as "apocalyptic" and driven by climate change, said it was crucial voters elect a "climate president" come November 3.

The former vice president has proposed a sweeping proposal that calls for the United States to achieve a carbon-free power sector by 2035 and make a $2 trillion investment over his first four years in office in green energy and infrastructure to combat the threat of climate change.

The National Weather Service warns of "critical fire weather" in southern OR and adjacent portions of Northern California and northwest Nevada as well as parts of eastern Idaho and southwest Montana.

Climate change amplifies droughts, which dry out regions, creating ideal conditions for wildfires to spread out-of-control and inflict unprecedented damage.

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