The fires sweeping through California are now spilling over into Oregon and Washington state, giving residents of the West Coast of the United States a doomsday vision.
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On Wednesday, the sky was orange in several areas and even as dark as night at times.
“The day the sun did not rise” is how Americans called this historic day, Thursday.
Chantal Routhier Bordonaro, a Quebecer who lives in San Francisco, testified to these catastrophic fires, which have so far killed seven people, including a baby.
“Were we on planet Mars? It was very special, ”said the woman on LCN airwaves.
“With COVID, with fires, we are not allowed to go outside. Everyone has a hard time seeing it, ”said M.me Routhier Bordonaro, who has to home school his son.
If the fires are relatively well controlled around San Francisco, a new heat wave expected soon could allow them to regain strength.
In addition, no rain is expected in the short term in this area.
“Yesterday a white powder was deposited on all the cars, a bit like snow, but it was ash. We don’t really want to be outside. It is time for this to end! ” let down the Québécoise.
Historic-scale fires, fueled by drought and high winds, have destroyed hundreds of homes, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes.
They killed at least seven people, but the authorities fear a much heavier toll. Three people have died in Butte County, Calif., Three in Oregon, and a one-year-old baby has been found by rescue teams with his severely burned parents in Washington state.