Law enforcement, including the FBI, has shattered conspiracy theories that Antifa extremists are setting fires and cutting power lines, Sheriff Craig Roberts of Clackamas County, Oregon, said Wednesday.
“Every piece of advice we come across, we follow through,” Roberts said, but investigators usually find that the tip tips come from “friend to friend” who has no evidence. In one case, Roberts said a group reportedly hiding gas cans in the woods to start fires was actually the Good Samaritans, who were helping to move fuel for emergency workers.
There are well-founded concerns about the fires, Roberts said. Fifteen people have been arrested in connection with robberies in evacuation zones ̵
“We do not want armed citizens to stop people inappropriately,” he said.
The governor says the fires are a sign of climate change
“The basic facts cannot be denied,” Newsum said. “Trend lines are not going in the right direction.”
Newsom said on Wednesday that it had “directly confronted the president” on climate change – although a video from a press briefing earlier this week showed a softer exchange between leaders.
“I think there’s a way to address people, and good people may disagree,” Newsham said. “And I claim that we are making progress, and as far as they hear us, I believe we are.”
However, he said he did not expect Trump to “radically change course.”
“I will continue to be stubborn, as I imagine he will be, this is not a system of beliefs, but data,” he said. “Science. You have to admit facts.”
California “ripe for wildfires”
The August complex fire is the largest in California’s history, engulfing more than 817,000 acres and continuing to burn. And with the warming trend coming back over the weekend, authorities said it probably won’t go anywhere anytime soon.
“With no significant rainfall, California remains dry and ripe for wildfires,” Cal Fire said.
The state saw the impact of the recent drought last month, when an extreme heat wave caused a rash of fires. The 136 million trees who did not survive that the lack of rainfall acted as “ignition,” Newsom said.
In this circle of flames, thousands of buildings were destroyed. One of them was Brian Merzoyan’s dream home.
But in Northern California, smoke conditions and visibility are improving, according to the Bay Area office of the National Weather Service.
“There’s still smoke in parts of northern and inland #California, but parts of the #SanFrancisco area are finally seeing a blue sky – and that’s not a given,” the office said on Twitter.
The school is being rebuilt as the fight against Oregon continues
Forest fires have made “everything a little more volatile” for the area, which is starting online training because of the coronavirus pandemic, said the head of public schools in Salem-Kaiser, Christy Perry.
The school district has about 41,000 students. Perry told KPTV that students’ lives were mostly affected by smoke. Some officers were forced to evacuate, she said.
“I said this to my counselors a few times today, as if everything would be fine,” said teacher Macy Bowser. “It’s all going to come out.”
In Dulles, Oregon, crews collapsed from exhaustion after a 14-hour day fighting the Lionshead fire. They gathered the energy to sing a parody of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” together, using fire-fighting terms for the lyrics, said crew chief Theodore Hiner.
With fires on an unprecedented scale, some residents are working to save their own homes.
“My house is still there, my whole block is there because we went up there and fought with it,” Richardson told KATU. “I was there, watching the city burn, I was there for 14 hours trying to put it out with other people.”