Smoke from west coast wildfires now stretching into GTA

Smoke from west coast wildfires now stretching into GTA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday suggested global warming will reverse itself and dismissed climate change as a cause of ferocious fires engulfing swaths of the U.S. West, during a briefing in California on the deadly blazes. "You just watch." Crowfoot told Trump he wished "science agreed with you", and the president retorted, "I don't think science knows, actually".

"Talk to a firefighter, if you think that climate change isn't real", the Democratic mayor said on CNN's "State of the Union".

The president and his administration have sought to pin the blame for the large wildfires on state officials, saying fuel-choked forests and scrub need to be thinned, more firebreaks need to be cut and flammable debris cleared from forest floors.

In California, almost 16,500 firefighters are grappling with 28 major wildfires, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.

A rabbit crosses the road with flames from a brush fire along Japatul Road during the Valley Fire in Jamul, California on 6 September 2020 The Valley Fire in the Japatul Valley burned 4,000 acres overnight with no containment and 10 structures destroyed, Cal Fire San Diego said.

Trump replied: "It'll start getting cooler".

Trump has repeatedly blamed poor forest management for the blazes covering the West Coast, including the most furious fires in California.

Dense smoke and fog enveloped an area far beyond the fires on Monday, keeping temperatures cooler but also creating new hazards in an ongoing catastrophe, with reduced visibility and a high risk of smoke inhalation.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management said on Sunday that firefighters in the state were struggling to contain more than 30 active wildfires - the largest of which was more than 89km (55 miles) wide.

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Twenty-seven of the at least 35 people killed by the blazes since the beginning of summer died last week. Officials have said dozens of people are missing and warned that the death toll could rise.

"The debate is over around climate change".

The overwhelming majority of climate scientists are in agreement that although fires are part of the ecosystem in some regions, it is the climate crisis that is making them more frequent and more intense as conditions become hotter and drier.

He recently called the threat of climate change "undeniable" and "existential".

Trump has referred to climate change as a "hoax" and in 2017 pulled the United States out of the Paris accord that laid out an worldwide approach to global warming, while Biden says climate change is on his list of major crises facing the United States. "If we have four more years of Trump's climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned in wildfires?" he asked.

Democratic senator Jeff Merkley described the situation as "apocalyptic" on ABC's This Week. "We absolutely must act now to avoid a future defined by an unending barrage of tragedies like the one American families are enduring across the West today", Biden wrote. Both Oregon and California have warmed by more than 1C since 1900.

The president has remained largely silent on the fires since criticizing California for its forest management at a Pennsylvania rally in August.

Crews in Jackson County, Oregon, where Talent is located, were hoping to venture into rural areas where the Almeda Fire has abated slightly with slowing winds, sending up thick plumes of smoke as the embers burned.

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