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U.S. towns destroyed in wildfires

Christian Fernsby |
Entire communities have been razed by wildfires raging in the western United States.

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Topics: U.S.    WILDFIRE   

At least six people were confirmed dead with officials warning that more deaths would likely be reported in the coming days as many areas were currently impossible to reach.

Five towns were “substantially destroyed” as widespread evacuations took place across the northwestern state of Oregon, governor Kate Brown said.

“This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history,” she told a press conference.

A Northern California wildfire threatened thousands of homes Thursday after winds whipped it into a monster that incinerated houses in a small mountain community and killed at least three people.

Several other people have been critically burned and hundreds, if not thousands, of homes and other buildings are believed to have been damaged or destroyed by the North Complex fire northeast of San Francisco, authorities said.

Some 20,000 people were under evacuation orders or warnings in Plumas, Yuba and Butte counties.

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