Wildfires continued their explosive spread along the West Coast on Thursday, scorching entire neighborhoods and forcing mass evacuations across California, Oregon and Washington State as a record-breaking fire season continued.
On Thursday, firefighters continued their efforts to contain fires that had caused extensive damage and killed at least seven people. In California, hundreds of fires blazed across the state, including in the Mendocino National Forest in Northern California and Fresno in the central part of the state, as well as areas near Los Angeles and in Silicon Valley. Because of the extraordinary number of fires, California’s forces have been stretched, preventing them from sending firefighters to Oregon, where multiple fires, including the Almeda Fire, have caused extensive damage.
Officials said hundreds of homes had been consumed by flames and aerial images of towns like Talent and Medford, Ore., showed streets lined with homes that were charred, if not destroyed.
The authorities, facing fires that have burned a record 2.5 million acres in California and hundreds of thousands more in Oregon and Washington State, pleaded for federal help and the public’s cooperation in stark terms. Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon on Wednesday requested a federal emergency declaration, and warned of potential damage that emergency crews expected to find in the debris.
Thursday, Sept 10
A Cal Fire firefighter trying to manage a burn on the Bear Fire, part of the North Complex blaze near Oroville, Calif.
Firefighters hosed down the edge of the Bear Fire.
Civilian Conservation Corps firefighters watched as they burned the area near a fireline in the Bear Fire.
Sean Mann, 15, evacuated from Beavercreek, Ore., in Clackamas County on Wednesday with fourteen horses, 6 dogs, and 10 people. Though they weren’t yet under an evacuation order, they didn’t want to be evacuating in the middle of the night.
Heather Marshall spoke to her mother as she stood by the ruins of her home at Coleman Creek Estates mobile home park in Phoenix, Ore.
Wednesday, Sept 9
Local residents watched as smoke and fire overtook a hill near the town of Medford, Ore.
Security officials surveying the Bear Lakes Estates neighborhood, which was devastated by the Almeda Fire in Phoenix, Ore.
Houses and vehicles in the Bear Lakes Estates neighborhood were destroyed completely.
Melted aluminum leaked from the engine of a car burned in the Bear Fire near Berry Creek, Calif.
Golfers at a country club in Napa, Calif., watched as smoke from the Bear Fire filled the sky.
Flames overtook a fire truck near Oroville, Calif.
A hiker in Concord, Calif., walked below an orange sky filled with wildfire smoke.
Flames engulfed a home caught in the Bear Fire in Berry Creek, Calif.
Inmate firefighters waited on the Enterprise Bridge in Butte County, in North Central California.
A view of Lake Oroville after the Bear Fire burned through on Wednesday.
A view of the San Francisco Bay Bridge and city skyline as bright orange skies from smoke and ash in the air covered the region on Wednesday.
Bikers on Market Street in downtown San Francisco on Wednesday morning.
Deep orange skies shrouded San Francisco and the surrounding region on Wednesday.
Tuesday, Sept. 8
A smoke-darkened sky in Salem, Ore., around 5 p.m., well before sunset on Tuesday.
Smoke filled the sky over Salem, Ore.
The remains of a power line along Auberry Road in Fresno County, Calif., that was destroyed in the Creek Fire.
The charred remains of a home in Fresno County.
Monday, Sept. 7
Thick smoke appeared near Yucaipa, Cailf., as the El Dorado wildfire continued. More than 20,000 people were evacuated because of the blaze.
Nick Grinstead battling the Creek Fire in the Shaver Lake community of Fresno County, Calif.
A firefighter battling the Creek Fire as it threatened homes in Mariposa County, Calif.
The Creek Fire burned along a hillside in the Cascadel Woods community of Madera County, Calif.