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26 people have been killed as fires ravage the West Coast and dozens more are missing

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Desiree Pierce cries as she visits her home destroyed by the Almeda Fire, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Talent, Ore. "I just needed to see it, to get some closure," said Pierce. (AP Photo/John Locher)

At least 26 people have been killed in a devastating fire season across the West Coast. Dozens more are missing, officials say, and hundreds have lost their homes in the massive infernos that torched millions of acres.

In California, five of the top 10 largest wildfires in the state's history are burning, according to the state's governor.

Wildfires in Oregon have killed at least six people, and officials said Friday they're preparing for a "mass fatality incident" based on how many structures have been charred.

The Beachie Creek Fire is the largest in the state and is 0% contained, according to Oregon officials.

Butte County officials confirmed at least two people have died -- including a 16-year-old boy who was fleeing the area in his vehicle.

"These are not just wildfires, they are climate fires and we cannot and we will not surrender our state," Gov. Jay Inslee said during a Friday news conference.

"It looked like a bomb went off," officials said, according to CNN affiliate KIRO.

Elsewhere in the state, a 1-year-old boy was killed and his parents were badly burned as they tried to escape the wildfire, officials said.

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