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Homes Burning in California, Tens of Thousands Flee Rapidly Growing Wildfires Overnight

At a Glance

  • Two fast-growing fires broke out Sunday night in Sonoma County.

  • Firefighters continued to battle the growing Glass Fire in Napa County.

  • The Glass Fire has destroyed at least one winery.

  • The town of Paradise, destroyed by the Camp Fire in 2018, is threatened again.

About 4,500 residents of a senior living community were among thousands of Californians Monday driven from their homes by wildfires that exploded in size.

City buses from Santa Rosa, California, arrived at Oakmont Village about 1 a.m. Monday PDT to take the residents to safety, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Many of them were in their pajamas and robes as they shuffled toward the buses under a glowing orange sky amid falling ash.

“It was scary and I didn’t expect it to be so close,” Doris Tietze, 91, an Oakmont resident, told the Chronicle as embers hit the bus’ windshield.

They joined more than 6,800 other residents of Santa Rosa and surrounding unincorporated areas ordered to flee that blaze known as the Shady Fire.

The Shady Fire burning west of the city has already destroyed at least half a dozen homes, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported. Homes were burning in the Skyhawk neighborhood in eastern Santa Rosa, the Chronicle said.

“We have way more homes to protect than engines to protect them,” Sonoma County Fire District Chief Mark Heine told the newspaper.

A second blaze in Sonoma County, the Boysen Fire, was burning just west of St. Helena, and it also forced officials to order evacuations. As the fires grew, officials closed two evacuation centers in Santa Rosa and opened others in Petaluma, the Press-Democrat reported.

Roadways clogged with traffic as people tried to reach a safe location.

The two fires began as firefighters continued to battle the Glass Fire, which was burning north of St. Helena to the east of Calistoga in Napa County. Heine said the two new fires may have been started by embers from the Glass Fire, which had grown to almost 4 square miles early Monday.

Napa County officials early Sunday had ordered thousands of residents to leave their homes. The Glass Fire also forced Adventist Health St. Helena to suspend hospital and emergency care and to transfer about 50 patients to other facilities. New evacuations continued to be ordered Monday morning as the fire spread and residents of Calistoga were warned to be ready to evacuate.

The area is home to more than five dozen wineries. Photos showed the Chateau Boswell Winery engulfed in flames.

The area, like much of Northern California, is under a red flag fire warning until Monday night because of weather conditions that include gusty winds, low humidity and high temperatures.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said more than 14,000 homes and businesses in Santa Rosa lost power, likely because of the fires. In Napa County, according to PG&E, at least 3,000 customers had no power because of the Glass Fire.

Zogg Fire
Strong winds caused a fire that began about 3 p.m. Sunday in Shasta County to spread quickly over more than 10 square miles.

The Zogg Fire in Igo, about 10 miles southwest of Redding, forced evacuations in Shasta County, and officials warned evacuations might be necessary in Trinity County.

Photos and videos on Twitter showed several homes burning along Platina Road in Igo and Ono.

Paradise Threatened Again
About 100 miles to the northeast of Napa, the town of Paradise and the nearby Magalia community were issued an evacuation warning, and the town of Concow was ordered to evacuate as the North Complex wildfire picked up again because of fast winds. Those three places were ravaged by the November 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.

The North Complex Fire, which started on Aug. 18, has burned more than 546 square miles and is 78% contained, according to Cal Fire.

California firefighters are battling at least 25 major wildfires across the state.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 8,000 wildfires have burned well over 5,625 square miles. Since August 15, the fires have killed 26 people and destroyed more than 7,000 structures.

Some of the heaviest so far has fallen in southern parts of the Houston metro. Rainfall totals of 6 to 11 inches have been measured in this area in the 24 hours ending 8 a.m. CDT Tuesday.

Several locations in the south Houston metro area are seeing road flooding this morning and travel should be avoided.

NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center has issued a high risk of excessive rainfall and flooding for Tuesday on the upper Texas coast, including Houston. This means there could be more significant flash flooding from heavy rainfall in this area today.

A “zombie” tropical storm? Yes Paulette is back because it’s 2020

A “zombie” tropical storm? Yes Paulette is back because it’s 2020

It seems that the chaos of a record hurricane season is not enough for 2020. Now we have “zombie” tropical storms to worry about, like Paulette.

The US National Weather Service mentioned this term that we hadn’t heard of yet … even though it’s 2020. The term “zombie tropical storms” appeared in an agency tweet on Tuesday.

“Since it’s 2020 we now have zombie tropical storms. Welcome back to the world of the living, Tropical Storm Paulette.

Paulette formed in early September . It was part of the five active tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean. This was the second time in history that so many storms existed simultaneously.

Paulette’s career

As a Category 1 hurricane, Paulette made landfall in Bermuda. Then, it was strengthened to category 2 over the island on September 14. Later, it lost speed and its status as a tropical storm, for which it was degraded to a low-pressure post-tropical system.

The system, formerly known as Paulette, was put to rest for five and a half days. That is, until this week.

Then Paulette regained strength and became a tropical storm again on Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Paulette reappeared that day about 482 kilometers off the coast of the Azores Islands.

These “zombie” tropical storms, like Paulette, are rare, but have happened before, according to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.

“Conditions can become hostile for a tropical storm to maintain its intensity. But, if it doesn’t completely dissipate, it can revive days later when conditions become more favorable, “explained Miller.

2020, a “good candidate” for tropical storms “zombies”
And with the apocalypse that has been 2020, this year is perfect for these eerie storms.

“2020 is a good candidate to experience a zombie storm because water temperatures are above average in most of the Atlantic Ocean. And obviously we are seeing a record number of storms, which increases the chances that some can regenerate, “said Miller.

If you’re wondering why the tropical storm wasn’t renamed Gamma, it’s because meteorologists were able to track the storm’s vortex.

We have had so many tropical storms this year that we have run out of names . So we started naming them after the letters of the Greek alphabet.

Tropical Storm Beta Floods Houston Area; Standing Water Closes Interstate, Highways

Tropical Storm Beta Floods Houston Area; Standing Water Closes Interstate, Highways

At a Glance

  • Parts of Interstate 69 and State Highway 288 were closed by flooding.

  • High water rescue teams responded to dozens of calls for help.

  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued disaster declarations for 29 counties.

  • Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency.

Tropical Storm Beta, which made landfall late Monday in coastal Texas, covered streets throughout Houston with water and was causing flooding in parts of Louisiana battered last month by Hurricane Laura.

Beta was downgraded to a tropical depression as it slowly moved over the coast.

Cameron Parish, Louisiana, where Laura came ashore Aug. 27, was already seeing some impacts from Beta Tuesday afternoon.

“We definitely have some flooding in the low-lying southern parts of the parish,” Sheriff Ron Johnson told the Daily Advertiser. “No houses or structures have flooded, but some roads are impassable. It’s affecting us as to how we get where.”

People with campers were advised to leave. Overall, there weren’t many residents to evacuate since so many lost their homes to Laura, Johnson said.

Earlier in Houston, dozens of streets were closed by fast-rising water, including parts of Interstate 69 and Interstate 45 and State Highways 288 and 290. Officials urged residents to stay home and avoid driving if possible.

Beta was expected to drag along near the Texas Gulf Coast through Wednesday and then over Louisiana and Mississippi on Wednesday night through Friday. More than a foot of rain has already fallen in some areas and more is expected.

Drivers began abandoning cars that stalled in the high water on 288, according to KTRK.

Video from the area showed about a half dozen pickup trucks submerged in water with their doors open.

First responders conducted nearly 100 high-water rescues in Houston, the Houston Chronicle reported. Many were on the south side of the city near where Keegans Bayou overflowed its banks.

At a morning briefing, Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city had not received any reports of structural flooding.

“My hope is over the next 24 hours that will remain the case, but that will depend on Mother Nature,” Turner said.

The heavy rain began falling Monday night and quickly swamped parts of southwest Houston. Diners at one restaurant came out to find their cars underwater, KTRK reported. Employees of businesses in the area waded to an elevated freeway to call for rides home.


School districts across southeast Texas closed schools and pushed classes online or canceled them altogether.

The storm made landfall about 10 p.m. CDT Monday just north of Port O’Connor, Texas, on the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula, about 110 miles southwest of Houston.

As the storm headed toward shore, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man onboard a disabled 20-foot vessel two miles south of the Port Aransas Jetties, east of Corpus Christi. The man was taken to the Mustang Beach Airport in Port Aransas.


Streets, cars and buildings were flooded in parts of coastal Texas, including Rockport, Corpus Christi, Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula.

Some subdivisions in Surfside Beach that flooded Sunday night were still under water Tuesday.

“We fared well, better than the night before,” Police Chief Gary Phillips told the Houston Chronicle. “The water is going down and we will be assessing the damage as soon as possible.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued disaster declarations for 29 counties Monday. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards also declared a state of emergency, saying those impacted last month by Hurricane Laura should remain especially vigilant.

Two Deaths Blamed on Sally; National Guard Called in to Assist in Florida

Two Deaths Blamed on Sally; National Guard Called in to Assist in Florida

At a Glance

  • Two deaths are being connected to the storm.

  • Hundreds of people have been rescued in Florida and Alabama, local authorities said.

  • A section of the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Florida collapsed. More than 2 feet of rain fell in Pensacola.

  • More than 500,000 homes and businesses were left without power.

At least two deaths are being blamed on Sally, which made landfall as a hurricane and moved inland over the Southeast.

One person was killed when a tree fell on a home in Atlanta.

In Alabama, Ken Grimes, city administrator in Orange Beach, confirmed the death of an unidentified man in the town on Wednesday.

Further details weren’t immediately available in either case.

A female was missing who knew the Alabama man, but it was unclear if the two were together at the time.

First responders in boats and high water vehicles aided hundreds of people stranded in flooding and storm surge as Sally made landfall Wednesday morning and moved inland across Alabama and Florida as a tropical storm.

Mandatory evacuation orders weren’t issued ahead of the storm in the hardest-hit areas, although residents in many vulnerable locations were advised to leave voluntarily.

“At one point we were grabbing things to evacuate because the water was starting to get up to the second level and then by that point it was too late for us to go anywhere,” Kirsten Colla, who lives in a townhouse on Escambia Bay in Pensacola, Florida, told weather.com in an interview Wednesday.

“I’ve never seen anything in my life like what I saw today. It happened so fast, so quickly, and it kind of stopped the same way.”

Refrigerators, boats, jet skis and a hot tub littered Colla’s neighborhood. She watched a roof blow off a nearby building.

“The flooding, the storm surge, the debris, the vastness of it all was, I think, the most terrifying part,” Colla said.

The water subsided after about an hour and Colla escaped unscathed. But more than 370 other people had been rescued from flooding throughout Escambia as of late Wednesday afternoon, county Public Safety Director Jason Rogers said in a news conference. Emergency medical services had responded to more than 200 calls.

More than 530,000 homes and businesses were without power across southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle as of about 7 p.m. CDT Wednesday, according to poweroutage.us.

Sally was downgraded to a tropical storm hours after making landfall early Wednesday morning near Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Here’s a look at the damage caused by Sally’s wind, waves and rain.

Because of the need for assistance, 200 National Guard members were sent to the Pensacola area to help starting Thursday, according to the Associated Press. In Escambia County, a curfew was put in place for the next three nights, the New York Times reported.

Flooding was reported throughout the day across the region, including Panama City, where rescuers helped residents from their homes.

A chunk of the Pensacola Bay Bridge was missing after the storm lashed the upper Gulf Coast with high winds rain and storm surge.

The city of Gulf Breeze shared a traffic cam photo that showed the structure, also known as the Three-Mile Bridge, with a crane lying across it Wednesday morning.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan confirmed in a morning news conference that a section of the bridge was gone.

Neighboring Santa Rosa County shared a photo of the gaping hole in the structure.

Besides the issue with the Pensacola bridge, a runaway barge at one point threatened to crash into Interstate 10’s Escambia Bay Bridge, located several miles inland.

Morgan told the New York Times he considered several ways to stop the barge, including firing 40-millimeter grenades at it. That plan was scuttled when the sheriff decided it was too dangerous and probably wouldn’t solve the problem.

Parts of Pensacola were inundated with water from storm surge and rainfall.

We believe that this is an epic proportion flooding event,” Rogers told WEAR-TV Wednesday morning. “There is extremely high water, moving water that is very dangerous.”

Morgan said at the morning news conference that high water vehicles and boats were being used to take people out of flooded homes.

“We anticipate the evacuations could literally be in the thousands,” Morgan said.

County officials earlier in the morning tweeted that the fire department, sheriff’s office and the National Guard were “actively working on water rescues and life-saving measures” in one area with 269 homes.

No mandatory evacuation orders were issued in Escambia County, but Rogers said those in low-lying areas should evacuate if they can. The Pensacola Bay Center was opened as a shelter ahead of the storm.

Separately from the bridge incidents, Interstate 10 was closed from the Alabama state line through the Escambia Bay Bridge due to flooding.

More than 2 feet of rain was reported in Pensacola, which took the brunt of the weather on the east side of the storm. Storm surge there rose at least 5.5 feet.

Emergency crews in Okaloosa County, about 60 miles to the east, were also responding to calls for rescues, according to WEAR.

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson said storm surge, flooding and rainfall were the biggest concerns.

More than 24 inches of rain was recorded at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

“Stay at home and stay inside,” was Robinson’s message to residents. “There’s a lot of downed power lines, there’s any number of hazards that are out there. At this point, we’re still receiving hurricane-force winds, so do not get out right now.”

Pensacola and surrounding areas took a beating from the storm throughout the night.

“I know that things are just things, but it’s really hard for to just be sitting idle and just watching everything that we’ve [worked] so hard for be ruined,” a Twitter user named USNWifeMeagan said in a video posted around 1 a.m., describing in tears how water was flooding her family’s home.

Later, she posted that her home’s entire first floor was flooded.

Schools in the county were closed at least through Friday. The University of West Florida will remain closed through at least noon Thursday, and Pensacola International Airport is also closed.

Officials reminded residents to be cautious with generators and not to use them indoors or too close to buildings. At least 12 people were killed by carbon monoxide from generators in the days after Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana and Texas last month.

More than 286,000 homes and businesses were without power.

First responders in Orange Beach helped dozens of people stranded in their homes after flooding moved in overnight, WFSA-TV reported.

Photos showed crushed boats and debris on Dauphin Island, where Mayor Jeff Collier said numerous structures were damaged and trees were down, some on houses and cars. Parts of the island were accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Officials where the storm came ashore in Baldwin County warned that “major to catastrophic” flooding was still ongoing Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency Management Director Zachary Hood told The Weather Channel that rivers and other waterways were at an all-time high and still rising.

Hood said calls for rescue began coming in Tuesday night and continued throughout the day Wednesday. He attributed the large number of people being stranded to “historic” rainfall and the storm’s slow, meandering track that left it sitting offshore for an extended period of time.

“(Damage) is so widespread, it’s just incredible to see,” Hood said.

Drone video from the county showed walls blown out of a high-rise condominium, neighborhoods flooded and roofs damaged.

Winds gusted to 99 mph in Dauphin Island, Alabama, and 82 mph in Mobile.

More than 238,000 homes and businesses were without power in Alabama, nearly all of them in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Video showed damage from winds and flooding in Gulf Shores, on a barrier island at the mouth of Mobile Bay.

Oregon Fires Force 500,000 to Evacuate; California Fire Becomes State’s Deadliest of 2020

Oregon Fires Force 500,000 to Evacuate; California Fire Becomes State’s Deadliest of 2020

  • Scores of large fires are burning in the three states.

  • More than 10% of Oregon’s population has been forced to evacuate.

  • Two fires in Oregon threatened to merge, triggering new evacuations.

  • With 10 dead, the North Complex Fire in Northern California is the state’s deadliest in 2020.

  • Several of the victims have been people trying to escape the flames.

Two of Oregon’s largest wildfires were likely to merge Friday, triggering new evacuations south of Portland in a state that has already evacuated about 10% of its population.

All told, an estimated 500,000 people had evacuated in Oregon and that number kept growing overnight.

Fire officials said the Beachie Creek and Riverside fires were likely to merge in Clackamas County.

“We fully expect those two fires to combine,” Doug Grafe, chief of fire protection at the Oregon Department of Forestry, told the Oregonian. “This fire will continue to push near Molalla. We really need these winds to stop for the forward spread to stop.”

As a result, Molalla, a town of 8,000-plus about 20 miles south of the Portland area, was ordered to evacuate.

In California, seven more people were found dead in the North Complex Fire, formerly known as the Bear Fire, bringing the total killed to 10. It’s now the deadliest fire this year in California and is tied for 10th deadliest in state history. Four people were hospitalized with critical burns and 26 others are still missing.

In total, at least 17 people have been killed in the recent fires in California, Oregon and Washington.

Here’s a look at some of the major fires raging in parts of the West.

The North Complex Fire, one of 29 major blazes scorching California, has burned more than 394 square miles in the Plumas National Forest northeast of San Francisco.

Thousands of homes are thought to have been destroyed in the fire, and more than 22,000 structures are still threatened, including buildings in Oroville and Paradise.

The fire has gutted the small towns of Berry Creek and Feather Falls. It is burning in Butte, Yuba and Plumas counties. More than 20,000 people were under evacuation orders or warnings in the three counties.

Butte County Sheriff’s Capt. Derek Bell said Thursday that seven more bodies were discovered, bringing the total to 10 in two days. At least four people with critical burns were hospitalized.

Searchers are looking for 26 people who haven’t been heard from, according to the Seattle Times.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said there have been two deaths in the Slater Fire, burning along the California-Oregon border near Happy Camp. A second death was confirmed in the Slater Fire on Thursday, KRCR-TV reported, just one day after the first death was reported from the blaze.

The Creek Fire, which has been burning for a week in Fresno and Madera counties, ignited a bunker where explosives used to prevent avalanches were stored, KFSN reported. No one was injured when the explosives went off in the bunker, which was part of the China Peak Mountain Resort near Huntington Lake. The Creek Fire has consumed 275 square miles.

More than 4,844 square miles — or 3.1 million acres — have burned in California this year, more than in any other fire season in the state’s recorded history.

Six fires this year are on the top 20 list of largest fires in state history, including the largest: the August Complex Fire, burning 736 square miles across five counties, Glenn, Mendocino, Lake, Tehama and Trinity.

Because of the widespread fires, the U.S. Forest Service announced a temporary closure of all 18 national forests in the state.

At least 38 active fires have burned more than 1,250 square miles in Oregon, according to the state Office of Emergency Management.

The number of acres that have burned in the state in the last three days is almost double the amount that typically burns in an entire year, according to the Oregonian.

“We have never seen this amount of uncontained fire across the state,” Gov. Kate Brown said.

At least four deaths in Oregon have been blamed on the fires.

-Wyatt Tofte, 13, and his grandmother Peggy Mosso were killed by fires burning southeast of Salem, the Oregonian reported.

-A body was found at a BMX bike park in Ashland in Jackson County, where the Almeda Fire started, KGW-TV reported. Rich Tyler of the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office told the Oregonian another body was found Wednesday evening. He said it’s not clear who the people were or how exactly they died. Their deaths are still being investigated.

Meanwhile, the Beachie Creek Fire – which has also been called the Santiam Fire – and the Riverside Fire have consumed more 478 square miles, said Grafe.

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As the two fires moved toward merging Thursday afternoon, firefighters were told to disengage from the Riverside Fire and help with evacuations, KATU-TV reported. The U.S. Forest Service also said the pause gave firefighters “time to move to safety and reassess extreme conditions.”

After residents of Molalla and other parts of Clackamas County were ordered to evacuate or be ready to go at a moment’s notice, the streets of Oregon City clogged with traffic. Parking lots filled throughout the afternoon.

“Now, as of this afternoon, they’ve been told, essentially, they need to find somewhere else to go,” Oregon City Commissioner Rachel Smith told KATU.

The city of Estacada, 30 miles outside the Portland metro area, also ordered residents to evacuate.

Multnomah County officials worked Thursday night to open the Oregon Convention Center in Portland as a shelter.

In Jackson County, the Almeda Fire devastated the towns of Talent and Phoenix. Officials estimated 1,000 homes were burned in Phoenix and 600 were lost in Talent, the Oregonian reported.

The small city of Gates, near the border of Marion and Linn counties, was all but destroyed, residents told the Oregonian. Mill City, Mehama, Lyons and Detroit also have seen major damage.

The Holiday Farm Fire has burned more than 225 square miles in Lane County and is about 12 miles outside of the Eugene-Springfield area. The community of Blue River, home to about 800 people, has seen severe damage.

“There is just catastrophic damage, communities completely wiped out,” Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch told the Oregonian. “It’s devastating.”

Meanwhile, an air quality monitoring website on Friday listed Portland, Oregon, as having the worst air in the world, The Oregonian reported. IQAir.com, which ranks air pollution across nearly 100 cities internationally, gave Portland an overall air quality index of 239. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website listed Portland’s measurement Friday as even higher, at 349. IQAir listed San Francisco in second place with an air quality index of 186 and Seattle was third at 172.

The wildfires have scorched more than 930 square miles in Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday. The Cold Springs and Pearl Hill fires alone have burned more than 540 square miles in Okanogan and Douglas counties, according to the Seattle Times.

More than 120 homes have been destroyed, including at least eight in Graham, about 15 miles southeast of Tacoma.

A “super-massive” smoke plume from the fires in Oregon and California is expected to create unhealthy air conditions in Western Washington on Friday.

On Thursday, Ed Townsend, fire chief of Okanogan County Fire District 8, pointed to a map of the area around Omak, in extreme north-central Washington about 40 miles south of the Canadian border.

“Everybody inside here lost 100%,” he told the Seattle Times. “It’s catastrophic enough where we have got to start from the ground up.”

Townsend had a gruesome task ahead of him.

“We are out assessing animal losses and putting animals down. That’s today’s project – shooting cows – and injured animals, wildlife, bears,” he said.

One death has been attributed to the fires in Washington. A 1-year-old boy died and his parents were severely burned while fleeing the Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County, the Seattle Times reported.

Western Wildfires Kill At Least 8; August Complex Fire Becomes Largest in California History

Western Wildfires Kill At Least 8; August Complex Fire Becomes Largest in California History

  • Scores of large fires are burning in the three states.

  • The August Complex Fire has consumed more than 736 square miles.

  • Several of the victims have been people trying to escape the flames.

  • The fires are being driven by hot, dry and windy weather.

Historic wildfires raging across California, Oregon and Washington have killed at least eight people, destroyed hundreds of homes and forced tens of thousands to evacuate.

Dangerous fire conditions are expected to continue.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the August Complex Fire in the Mendocino National Forest became the largest blaze in California history, according to Cal Fire. The fire has burned more than 736 square miles and is only 24% contained. It was started by lightning on Aug. 17. The August Complex Fire has pushed the Mendocino Complex Fire, which burned 717 square miles in 2018, to second largest.

A 1-year-old boy, Uriel Hyland, was among those killed in Washington state. He and his parents were severely burned as they tried to escape the Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County, about 125 miles northeast of Seattle, KREM-TV reported.

Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said the family was found about 10 a.m. Wednesday on the banks of the Columbia River. Jacob Hyland, 31, and Jamie Hyland, 26, of Renton, Washington, were flown to a burn center in Seattle.

Three people have died in the wildfires in Oregon.

Wyatt Tofte, 12, and his grandmother Peggy Mosso were killed while fleeing the Santiam Creek Fire in Marion County, east of Salem, KATU-TV reported. They were found Wednesday afternoon in the family car along with the remains of their dog.

Officials on Wednesday recovered the body of one person near Ashland, where the Almeda Fire had started, Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler said at a news conference, according to CNN.

In Northern California’s Butte County, three people were killed and several others were injured after being trapped by the Bear Fire, which is part of the North Complex Fire, KCRA-TV reported.

“Time and time again we have seen how dangerous wildfires can be. … So I ask that you please, please, please be prepared, maintain situational awareness and heed the warnings,” said Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

Honea did not provide details about the three deaths. Officials said 12 people have not been accounted for. Butte County was the site of the 2018 Camp Fire that killed 85 people in the town of Paradise and burned 19,000 structures.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said one person died in the Slater Fire, which has burned 187 square miles along California’s border with Oregon.

The three states are facing unprecedented wildfire seasons this year. California has at least 24 large fires burning, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Oregon has 14 and Washington has 12; These numbers do not include scores of smaller fires.

“The low humidity, the high temperatures, the winds have all combined to stymie some of the most aggressive firefighting activities,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said at a news conference late Wednesday.

“California, Oregon, Washington, we are all in the same soup of cataclysmic fire,” he added.

Here’s a look at some of the major fires raging in parts of the West.

Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday at least 48 wildfires have burned about 500 square miles across Oregon since Monday night. Hundreds of people have been ordered to evacuate as the state faces the most extreme fire conditions in three decades, the Oregonian reported.

“We are not getting any relief from the weather conditions,” Brown said. “Winds continue to feed these fires and push them into our towns and cities.”

School districts across the state have canceled classes or postponed the reopening of schools because of the fires.

The Santiam and Lionshead fires have roared through 371 square miles in Marion and Linn counties. The town of Gates, on the border of the two counties, was nearly wiped out, residents said.

“This is a nightmare. It was my dream house and it’s gone,” Barb Mahlum told the Oregonian as she fled the flames.

In Jackson County in southern Oregon, Phoenix Mayor Chris Luz said the Almeda Fire had devastated his town of about 4,650 people.

“Many businesses have been burned down,” he said. “Certain neighborhoods, including my own, have been burned down. There are many, many, many homes that are gone.”

In nearby Talent, Oregon, city manager Sandra Spelliscy said she saw breathtaking destruction in the town of fewer than 6,500 people.

Doug and Laura McHaney and their family lost their home in the 2018 Carr Fire in Redding, California. On Wednesday, their new home in Ashland, Oregon, was destroyed by the Almeda Fire, according to the Statesman Journal.

“I’d say the pile of rubble is a little bit smaller than the last one,” Doug McHaney said.

All of Clackamas County is under some type of evacuation order because of at least four active wildfires. The Riverside Fire in the county has grown to more than 171 square miles.

Just north of Molalla, Oregon, Kyle and Kerina St. Claire were waiting for the order to leave their home.

“It’s sad. It’s a roller coaster of emotions,” Kerina told Oregon Public Broadcasting. “We haven’t had a lot of sleep, obviously the stress is high. I’m praying for protection.”

The wildfires have destroyed more than 120 homes and raged across more than 781 square miles in Washington, a spokesperson for the state Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday.

A fire destroyed at least eight homes in Graham, about 15 miles southeast of Tacoma.

On Wednesday, 70-year-old Darrell Herde picked through the wreckage of his burned house, the garage and his 1967 Chevrolet.

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“Luckily, I had my wallet in my pocket,” the retired mill worker told the Seattle Times. “Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to tell the guys in the government who I was.”

He said he plans to rebuild.

“I’ve got this place paid for, I’m not going to leave it.”

The state’s two largest fires are burning in Okanogan County.

The Pearl Hill Fire, east of Bridgeport in Okanogan County, has grown to nearly 282 square miles and was about 10% contained.

The threat of the Cold Springs Fire, south of Omak, remains extreme, the Seattle Times reported. It has burned 255 square miles and is uncontained.

In Fresno County, where the Creek Fire has forced at least 30,000 people from their homes, an official said it could be weeks before they are allowed to return, CNN reported.

“It’s going to be probably a couple weeks, just be patient with us,” Sheriff’s Deputy Lieutenant Brandon Pursell said.

The Creek Fire has consumed more than 280 square miles and is 0% contained. It has destroyed 300 structures, including 60 single-family homes.

The North Complex Fire has burned across 394 square miles in the Plumas National Forest northeast of San Francisco. Hundreds or thousands of homes are thought to have been destroyed in the fire, the Associated Press reported.

About 20,000 people were under evacuation orders or warnings in Plumas, Yuba and Butte counties.

John Sykes managed to get out of the small hamlet of Berry Creek with his car and some clothes.

“The school is gone, the fire department’s gone, the bar’s gone, the laundromat’s gone, the general store’s gone,” Sykes told the Sacramento Bee, adding, “I’ll never go back.”

“I don’t want to see it,” he said. “That’s why I’m leaving. I never want to see California again.”

Because of the widespread fires, the U.S. Forest Service announced a temporary closure of all 18 national forests in the state.