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Dozens of people remain unaccounted for as deadly wildfires scorch Western states

September 13, 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)

Dozens of wildfires tearing through communities across the West have left at least 33 people dead, and authorities fear dozens more are missing and unaccounted for.

Ten people have been killed in Oregon and one child was killed in Washington state.

Three of the five largest wildfires in the state's history are burning now, officials say.

Fires in the state have burned more than 3. 2 million acres so far this year and more than 4,500 structures have been destroyed since August 15, Cal Fire says.

At least eight of Oregon's wildfires are expected to burn "until the winter's rains fall," said the state's Department of Forestry Fire Chief Doug Grafe.

Four of the 10 people killed in Oregon's wildfires died in the Beachie Creek Fire in Marion County.

Dozens of people are missing, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said, mostly across Jackson, Lane and Marion counties in western Oregon.

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

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