‘Ideological BS’: Amid ashes, governor fires away on climate change

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The death toll from the siege of West Coast fires, also in Washington and Oregon states, that began last month jumped to 24 on Saturday (AEST) after seven people were reported killed in mountains north of Sacramento, California. More than 3900 homes and other structures have burnt in California alone, the state fire authority reported.On Friday, search teams entered small burnt-out Oregon communities and authorities prepared for possible “mass casualty events”. Five towns were reportedly destroyed. Derek Trenton and Shawna Haptonstall look at the ruins of Derek’s parents home in Talent, Oregon as wildfires devastate the region.Credit:APMolalla, 40 km south of downtown Portland, was an ash-covered ghost town after its more than 9000 residents were told to evacuate, with only 30 refusing to leave, the city’s fire department said. The logging town was on the front line of a vast evacuation zone stretching north to within 4.8 km of downtown Portland.Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a press conference that 40,000 people were under mandatory evacuation alerts. Some 500,000 residents were under evacuation advisories of either red “GO!”, warnings to leave homes immediately, yellow “BE SET” warnings to leave at a moment’s notice, or green “BE READY” alerts, she said.A drop in wind, higher …

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