• Fri. Apr 19th, 2024

Half a million people flee dozens of wildfires in America


Authorities say more than half a million people in the US state of Oregon are fleeing deadly wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest.

Fanned by unusually hot, dry winds, dozens of fires are sweeping the state, and at least one is being treated as suspected arson.

Governor Kate Brown said the exact number of fatalities was not yet known, though at least four were confirmed.

More than 100 wildfires are currently scorching 12 western US states.

The worst affected are Oregon, California and Washington, where entire towns have been destroyed

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, some 4.4 million acres have been razed saying an area larger than Connecticut and slightly smaller than Wales. BBC