Dozens missing in Oregon as historic fires devastate western US

  • At least 23 dead in California, Oregon and Washington
  • Washington governor: ‘We have to think of it as a climate fire’
  • Follow for live updates of the wildfires

Dozens of people are missing and at least 23 people are believed to have been killed as historic wildfires in the western US forced evacuations, stretched fire crews thin and spawned misinformation.

Residents of Portland, Oregon, awoke on Friday to air thick with smoke pollution that dimmed the sun and turned the skies blood-orange red. Hundreds of firefighters are battling two large wildfires that threatened to merge near the most populated part of Oregon, including the suburbs of Portland, and the governor said dozens of people are missing in other parts of the state.

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