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September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

ARCADIA, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Mill Creek Hotshots set a backfire to protect homes during the Bobcat Fire on September 13, 2020 in Arcadia, California. California wildfires that have already incinerated a record 2.3 million acres this year and are expected to continue till December. The Bobcat Fire, burning in the San Gabriel Mountains, has grown to about 32,000 acres and is only 6% contained. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Weeks of dry, hot weather have fueled historic wildfires along the West Coast that have killed more than 34 people, and reduced thousands of homes to embers.

Red flag warnings are still in place from northern California into Southern Oregon, where fire danger remains high but air conditions are improving.

At least eight people have died and 16 more are missing among the 27 fires in Oregon, according to the state's fire dashboard.

Richardson was able to save his home but most of the town was burned, the affiliate said.

"This decision will make more Federal aid available to the State and provide resources needed for our communities to rebuild," Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) said in a tweet Tuesday.

He said the wildfires have resulted in the most consecutive days of hazardous air quality since the state began regular monitoring nearly two decades ago.

"Now our air quality I know is oppressive, and it remains unhealthy at best and hazardous at worst according to our state," Inslee said.

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