Wildfires raging in California, Oregon, and Washington have caused widespread destruction and at least three deaths, including a 1-year-old boy in northern Washington.
California has already set a record with nearly 2.3 million acres burned this year — 20 times what burned this time last year — and the worst part of the wildfire season is just beginning, according to The Associated Press.
The destructive blazes are burning in a large swath of Washington state and Oregon that rarely experiences such intense fire activity because of the Pacific Northwest’s cool and wet climate, the AP reported.
“My wife and I planned to retire here, but I’m not sure I am going to rebuild,” said Jim Murray, a Malden, Wash., resident whose home was destroyed. “I have a feeling this is going to be a ghost town now.”
Here are photos from what The New York Times called “a wildfire season of unrivaled destruction” on the West Coast.
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