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West Coast wildfires still scorching millions of acres



Thousands of evacuees have been displaced by deadly wildfires in Oregon, Washington and California. Fire crews continue to battle the fires while search teams are scour the ruins of incinerated homes for the missing. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

Historic wildfires are burning millions of acres and destroying homes in California, Oregon and Washington state, as officials brace for more fatalities and evacuations.

The fires have killed at least 33 people across the states and dozens more are missing. More than 1 million acres of land in Oregon have been burned and at least 10% of the state’s population is in evacuation zones. The state has dealt with the worst destruction as blazes have already decimated two towns.

In Oregon, more than 40,000 people have fled their homes and many are still missing, according to Gov. Kate Brown. The state is preparing for a “mass fatality event” and expects to see high winds on Sunday that will make fighting the fires more difficult.

The fires have blanketed the West Coast with smoke and have made air pollution in some cities among the worst in the world. Portland, Oregon, has the second-worst air quality globally behind Vancouver, British Columbia, which is also battling wildfires. The city of Seattle ranks third, San Francisco seventh and Los Angeles ninth.

Health officials recommend people in areas with poor air quality limit time outdoors, keep windows shut and have air conditioners running on recirculation in order to avoid drawing air inside.

Authorities said a man has been arrested and charged with arson in connection with a fire in southern Oregon that has burned hundreds of homes. Oregon’s state fire marshal Jim Walker, who has served since 2014, has resigned after being placed on administrative leave on Saturday afternoon, according to the state police department. The police department said it was “conducting an internal personnel investigation.”

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