TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Shocking new footage shows the scale of devastation from California’s wildfires, which have raged throughout the state and burned homes and businesses to the ground.
In Washington state, too, the majority of a town was destroyed by wildfires – Malden, home to 300 people, was 80 percent destroyed.
And in Oregon, 80,000 people were evacuated from their homes on Tuesday as wildfires blazed out of control, the Daily Mail reported.
On Tuesday the first images emerged from the Creek Fire, which is still burning in northern California.
The fire started on Friday night and in three days has burnt 152,833 acres, according to Cal Fire.
They reported that 65 homes, businesses and other structures have been destroyed so far.
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday night declared a state of emergency as his hard-hit state struggled to beat back the blazes.
Labor Day weekend heat wave fueled new fires that pushed the state to set a new record for number of acres burned with more than two million as of Monday.
The previous record was set just two years ago and included the deadliest fire in state history, the Camp Fire, which ripped through the town of Paradise and killed 85 people in November 2018.
Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said the new record was especially alarming because of how early in the year it was set.
‘It’s a little unnerving because September and October are historically our worst months for fires,’ Tolmachoff told AP.
‘It’s usually hot, and the fuels really dry out. And we see more of our wind events.’
California has seen 900 wildfires since August 15, many of them started by an intense series of thousands of lightning strikes in mid-August. There have been eight fire deaths and more than 3,300 structures destroyed.