The skies have turned an unworldly beautiful but deadly color all along the western coast. President Barack Obama urges people to vote for the presidential candidate committed to saving the planet, Democratic candidate ticket Joe Biden-Kamala Harris. Obama sent a tweet for people to “vote like your life depends on it—because it does.”
The voracious fires consume entire towns, people’s lives, and even the firetrucks as the air quality worsens. The smoke seeps into the bedrooms of homes 13 miles away as the heroic National Guard, firefighters, and emergency personnel go to battle. Mass evacuations pour a river of people away from the danger.
Jody Evans evacuated in Oregon, according to NewsChannel 21. She spoke about her experience:
‘Fire on both sides, winds blowing, ash flying – it was like driving through hell.’
California, Washington, and Oregon have it the worst, but nine other states are also fighting raging fires. Heatwaves and windy conditions contribute.
President Obama tweeted:
‘The fires across the West Coast are just the latest examples of the very real ways our changing climate is changing our communities. Protecting our planet is on the ballot. Vote like your life depends on it—because it does.’
Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown said, according to the BBC::
‘[C]ould be the greatest loss of human life and property [in Oregon’s fire history].’
Thus far, there are three wildfire deaths in Oregon, three in California, and one in Washington. The National Interagency Fire Center reports over 3.4 million acres and tens of thousands more acres are succumbing to the fires just on Wednesday.
Record catastrophic events or extreme weather events are triggered by other ones as the Earth’s climate rocks its stability. Change did not start the fires. Lightning strikes and humans generally start them. Hurricanes have grown larger and more frequent. Winds generated by record cold weather conditions, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels are all a part of this wicked mix.
The record cold temperatures and even snow this month in neighboring states, like Colorado, have also brought damaging winds. That led to temperatures rising to 130F in California. Death Valley, CA has reached 134F in comparison.
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Let’s totallyyyy ignore the fact that CA is run by incompetent corrupt politicians who made budget cuts that could have helped prevent & minimize the amount of these fires. pic.twitter.com/cOkcOgeepW
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