At least 17 people have reportedly died in the wildfires ripping through the West Coast as the blazes continue burning out of control.
The death toll, reported by ABC News, could rise as the constellation of wildfires burning Northern California, Oregon and Washington remain uncontained.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown warned that the destruction will likely worsen as 500,000 Oregonians — more than 10 percent of the state’s population — have been forced to evacuate.
“We have never seen this amount of uncontained fire across our state,” Brown tweeted earlier in the day, tying the blazes to impacts of climate change.
“Currently there are fires burning more than 900,000 acres,” she went on. “To put that into perspective, over the last 10 years, an average of 500,000 acres burn in an entire year. We’ve seen nearly double that in 3 days.”
In Washington, wildfires burned through 937 square miles this week, devastating the farm town of Malden.
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