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Oregon authorities battle conspiracy theories as firefighters fight the flames

September 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Firefighters with Roseburg Engine 11 out of Eugene, Oregon survey a property under threat of fire along Pine Flat Road during the CZU Lightning Complex fire in Santa Cruz County, California, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. More than 360 blazes are burning in California, forcing mass evacuations in the northern part of the state and creating an air quality emergency. Photographer: Philip Pacheco/Bloomberg

Wildfires are raging along the West Coast, and with them authorities in Oregon said they are fighting rumors of political origins.

(CNN)Wildfires are raging along the West Coast, and with them authorities in Oregon said they are fighting rumors of political origins.

Multiple fires in Washington, Oregon and California have destroyed more than 4. 7 million acres and killed at least 34 people.

Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, have been batting down conspiracy theories that Antifa extremists are setting fires and cutting down power lines, Clackamas County, Oregon, Sheriff Craig Roberts said Wednesday.

There are legitimate concerns around the fires, Roberts said.

The fires come on the heels of California's hottest August in state history, and Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that climate change is to blame.

The governor's comments come just two days after President Donald Trump refused to acknowledge the effects the climate crisis is having on the state's forest fires during a visit to California, where he joined Newsom on a tour of a wildfire-ravaged area.

The wildfires have made "everything a little rockier" for the district that is going into online instruction because of the coronavirus pandemic, Salem-Keizer Public Schools Superintendent Christy Perry said.

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