Nearly 90 large wildfires continue to rage and scorch millions of acres
From CNN’s Joe Sutton
Millions of acres in the western United States continue to burn as a result of nearly 90 large wildfires.
There are 87 active large fires that have burned more than 4.6 million acres in 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).
California has the most fires with at least 25, the NIFC said.
7:57 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020
Washington state governor slams Trump in open letter
From CNN’s Andy Rose
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee strongly criticized President Trump on Monday in an open letter after the President’s visit to the West Coast to discuss wildfires ravaging multiple states.
“Your refusal to address climate change — and your active steps to enable even more carbon pollution — will accelerate devastating wildfires like those you’re seeing today,” Inslee wrote in a Medium post.
Allison Hargett, her husband Tyler, and their 6-year-old daughter Lilly were camping at Detroit Lake State Park in Oregon last Tuesday when they received evacuation orders stemming from the Beachie Creek Fire. As they fled the fire, their vehicle ran out of gas.
Cooper will also talk to CNN's Kyung Lah about California's devastating wildfires.
Watch the full episode of Anderson Cooper Full Circle:
4:21 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020
10 people have died in Oregon due to wildfires, governor says
From CNN’s Andy Rose
Ten people have died in the state of Oregon as a result of wildfires, according to Gov. Kate Brown.
The deaths were confirmed by the state medical examiner, the governor said.
Brown said they are also asking for federal assistance to deal with the fires.
“I sent a letter to the President asking that he declare a major disaster in the state of Oregon,” she said in a news conference.
4:11 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020
USPS closes some post offices because of the wildfires
The United States Postal Service has temporarily closed some post offices in California, Oregon and Washington because of the wildfires along the US West Coast.
USPS made the announcement on Twitter.
The announcement comes as some states begin the process of sending out mail-in ballots ahead of the November election. Election officials are bracing for historic levels of voting by mail as the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the country.
3:14 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020
Professional soccer match in Oregon postponed due to wildfires
From CNN's Kevin Dotson
The National Women’s Soccer League match between Portland Thorns FC and OL Reign scheduled for tomorrow night has been postponed until Sept. 30.
The decision was made following concerns about air quality in Portland, caused by wildfires in Oregon.
2:59 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020
These West Coast areas have the worst air quality in the world right now
From CNN's Paul P. Murphy
Three major US cities now have the worst air quality of any big cities in the world thanks to the smoke from massive wildfires, according to a monitoring group.
Portland, Seattle and San Francisco have the worst air quality of any major cities around the world, according to IQAir, a group which tracks global air quality. But things are even worse outside of the big cities, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's own air quality index trackers.
Large swathes of Oregon, Washington state and even parts of British Columbia in Canada, are experiencing "hazardous" air quality. The EPA says the air quality in Salem, Oregon's capital, is so bad that people need to stay indoors and reduce activity levels.
6:05 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020
Trump declines to say that climate change is playing a role in wildfires
From CNN's Maegan Vazquez
Ahead of his meeting to discuss the ongoing forest fires in California, President Trump declined to say that climate change is playing a role in the destructive wildfires taking place across the west coast.
Trump was asked on the airport tarmac on Monday what role climate change was playing in the fires, answering, “Well I think this is more of a management situation. If you look at other countries, if you go to other countries in Europe, Austria, Finland and numerous countries, I talk to the heads. They’re forest nations. They’re in forests and they don’t have problems like this. They have very explosive trees, but they don’t have problems like this.”
The President also suggested that other nations need to take responsibility for their levels of pollution more than the US, because the US is “just a small speck.”
“When you get into climate change, well, is India gonna change its ways? And is China gonna change its ways? And Russia? Is Russia gonna change its ways? So, you have a lot of countries that are going to have to change, because they make up, we’re just a small speck. They make up a big preponderance of the pollution and so you have to get them to do it. And nobody ever talks about that,” Trump said.
When asked if California has a climate change issue, Trump said he didn’t want to step on the toes of California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Newsom declared Friday that the debate over climate change is over, saying, "We are in the midst of a climate emergency. We are in the midst of a climate crisis. We are experiencing weather conditions the likes of which we've never experienced in our lifetime."