Deadly wildfires have compelled more than a million people in the US state of Oregon to flee. Authorities reported that the huge wildfires are raging across the Pacific Northwest.
Huge ablaze, fanned by hot, dry winds, are spreading in the state, at least one is being considered as suspected arson.
Oregon Office of Emergency Management confirmed that the latest evacuation figure accounts for more than 10% of the state’s 4.2 million population.
Governor Kate Brown said that the exact number of deaths is not known yet, but at least 3 are confirmed. He said in a news conference, “We have never seen this amount of uncontained fire across the state.”
More than 1,300 mostly female prisoners from the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville are among the evacuees.
More than 100 wildfires are destroying 12 US states. Wildfires have destroyed in Oregon, California, and Washington. Several towns have been destroyed.
The National Interagency Fire Center reported that some 4.4 million acres have been razed.
Rich Tyler, a spokesman for the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office, told the New York Times: “When you have a fire that burns through homes and businesses, you have open gas lines that are still spewing out natural gas, and those are burning.”
Wildfires in California have caused huge devastation. Fires have burned through a record number of acres this year.
According to the state’s department of forestry and fire protection, fires have burned more than two million acres, more than the size of Delaware.
Officials said that one fire, El Dorado, which has spread over 7,000 acres, was started by gender reveal party.
In addition to fire, California has reported a record heatwave.