At Least 35 Dead As Wildfires Rampage Along The West Coast

President Trump sits down for wildfire briefing with Calif. officials

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced the temporary closure of post offices in parts of California, Oregon and Washington where raging wildfires and strong winds have destroyed millions of acres, worsened air quality, engulfed neighborhoods and forced nearby residents to flee.

"I would think the way the climate is changing, this may not be the last time", he said.

"When trees fall down after a short period of time they become very dry - really like a matchstick ... and they can explode - also leaves", the president said.

"This is truly the bellwether for climate change on the West Coast".

In a separate move Jim Walker, Oregon's state fire marshal, has resigned after being placed on administrative leave.

"The hots are getting hotter".

Nine of the 10 most destructive fires in California have happened in the last decade, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) despite modern forest management techniques aimed at mitigating fire risk.

University of Colorado fire scientist Jennifer Balch called Trump's deflecting blame on forest managers "infuriating".

The president has suggested that poor forest management has much to do with igniting the fires. "There's no way we're going to log our way out of this fire problem". He will then give a speech recognizing the state's National Guard.

But as the wildfires rage, some climate activists have expressed frustration that Biden has not been more forceful on the issue.

President Trump sits down for wildfire briefing with Calif. officials

To that end, Biden in his address did not wade into political and policy disagreements among Democrats, progressive activists and even some Republicans who acknowledge the climate crisis. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, that's cost tens of millions of American jobs and counting.

The Oregon Wine Board said that it is "too early" to access the damage caused by the fires to vineyards and wineries in the state. "But if he gets a second term, these hellish events will continue to become more common and more devastating and more deadly".

U.S. President Donald Trump listens as California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a briefing on wildfires in McClellan Park, California, U.S., September 14, 2020. Most of the largest firefighting aircraft have not been utilized in recent days due to heavy smoke limiting visibility.

"And now we have a blow torch over our states in the West, which is climate change", Inslee said on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos.

In 2015, Trump stated bluntly: "I'm not a believer in global warming, I'm not a believer in man-made global warming".

"This is climate change, and this is an administration that's put its head in the sand", Garcetti said. "No more more people, right?" According to Cal Fire, six of the state's largest fires have occurred this year.

Still, Oregon emergency officials anxious that the shifting weather might bring increased winds after fires killed at least 10 people, with dozens of people missing, according to Oregon Governor Kate Brown.

"The firefighters on these teams are trained to protect lives and property during unsafe, stressful and volatile situations", State Fire Marshal Jim Smith said in a statement.

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.

In California, more than 4,000 homes and other structures have been destroyed over the past three weeks.



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