Wildfires across several western states, including California, Oregon, and Washington, have created ominous — some say apocalyptic — scenes across the states as firefighters battle 102 fires, which have burned 4.4 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
According to a September 10 update from the National Interagency Fire Center, 102 wildfires have swept 12 states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
“Unprecedented weather conditions have created emergency situations near wildfires throughout California, Oregon, Washington, and other states. Almost half of the large fires reported today have evacuation orders in place,” the agency reported.
Over 50 percent of the fires are across California, Oregon, and Washington alone. An estimated 4.4 million acres have burned as a result of the wildfires across the 12 states.
Franklin Graham – Wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington continue to ravage hundreds of thousands of acres of land along the West Coast. Millions have received warnings that they may need to evacuate. Small towns have been wiped out, and some of the blazes are so strong that firefighters have had to retreat. Many people have lost their homes, and some have tragically lost family members. We learned this morning of parents in Washington who were severely burned as they tried to flee the fire and their one-year-old toddler was killed. Please pray for the many devastated families and for protection for the dedicated firefighters battling these blazes day in and day out. Imagine if these fires were at your own back door.
Several photos and videos show menacing skies as the sun remains concealed by ash and smoke.
“They’re saying it’s coming all the way from Oregon which is hundreds of miles away and it looks like the apocalypse right now,” one San Francisco man said, according to BBC.
“It’s like night time in the day time,” he added as the dark orange sky glared in the background:
Many progressive leaders, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA), are using the tragedy to push for a Green New Deal, contending that the historic fires are the result of climate change rather than poor forest management driven by environmentalists.