The fires have also filled the region's air with harmful levels of smoke and soot, bathing skies in eerie tones of orange and sepia while adding to a public health crisis already posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Fire managers cautioned that the battle was hardly over. Thunderstorms forecast for later in the week could bring much-needed rain but also more lightning. "The unbelievable rates of spread now being observed on these fires is historically unprecedented", he said. Since mid-August, the blazes have destroyed 4,100 buildings and killed 24 people in the state. More than 6,200 homes and other structures have been lost, according to figures from all three states.
Biden, slammed by Republicans for not visiting disaster areas, spoke from his home state of DE on the threat of extreme weather that climate scientists have said is supercharging fires.
The president said countries in Europe don't have the same issues with wildfires because they manage their forests. "They have very explosive trees, but they don't have problems like this".
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday suggested global warming will reverse itself and dismissed climate change as a cause of ferocious fires engulfing swaths of the U.S. West, during a briefing in California on the deadly blazes.
"You're the reason they're setting fires up here", she said, perhaps referring to false rumors that left-wing activists had sparked the wildfires. And is China going to change its ways? "So we have to do that in California", he said. "You're experiencing climate change".
He's facing accusations of denying climate change's role in the devastating blazes.
"If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze?" "How many suburban neighborhoods will have been flooded out?"
Trump sparred with officials during his visit to California Monday over the cause of the wildfires and the best course moving forward to prevent them. But he told Trump that it is "self-evident that climate change is real and that is exacerbating this".
Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Monday sent a letter to the White House requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration following the federal emergency declaration on September 10.
"It was an opportunity to remind the president that 57% of the forested land in the state of California is under federal jurisdiction, just 3% under the state's jurisdiction", said Newsom about his meeting with President Trump earlier in the day.
"He didn't want the people in California to get the money, because he basically said he didn't think that they deserved it", said Taylor, who added that after then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen explained the people in question were victims of natural disasters, Trump began ranting about how badly he'd been treated by former California Governor Jerry Brown and his successor. In some communities, local residents have pitched in to help people displaced by the fires. Others defied evacuation orders to guard their own homes from looters.
Reinforcing local law enforcement resources strained by the disaster, OR is deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to fire-stricken communities.
Two men were arrested in OR, one on Friday and another on Monday, on arson charges stemming from a handful of relatively small fires. Police across OR have cautioned against "fake" posts blaming wildfires on left-wing anti-fascists OR right-wing Proud Boy activists.