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500,000 Evacuated Across Oregon as Record-Shattering Fires Rage in Western States

HeadlineSep 11, 2020

In Oregon, a half-million people — or more than one out of 10 state residents — have been forced to evacuate their homes as unprecedented wildfires fueled by the climate crisis continue to rage across the western United States. In California, the town of Berry Creek was completely consumed as a wall of fire swept through the community, killing 10 people and leaving another 16 missing. Meanwhile, the August Complex fire in Mendocino County has become the largest conflagration in California history at nearly 750 square miles. More than 3 million acres have burned across California — shattering previous records even before the normal peak of the fire season. This comes as President Trump last spoke publicly about the fires in August and has yet to offer any public statement of support for victims of the blazes.

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