Wildfires rage through US killing baby turning cities into living 'hell'

San Francisco was turned into a living “hell” as raging wildfires in the US killed a baby and several others.

At least 35 major blazes destroyed small towns and left a trail of devastation as hundreds of thousands were evacuated.

The San Francisco Bay Bridge and city skyline were almost obscured in orange smoke and haze after more than 300,000 acres burned across the northwestern state.

Around 64,000 people in California are under evacuation orders. Fire crews are working around the clock to bring the apocalyptic blazes under control in the most populated US state.

In northern California, three deaths were confirmed after a huge fire which had previously been somewhat contained. A 12-year-old boy and his grandmother died in a wildfire burning near the Santiam Valley community of Lyons, about 50 miles south of Portland.



Multiple blazes are also roaring in Washington state, where a one-year-old boy was killed and his parents severely burned fleeing a fire in Okanogan County, police said.

Residents in neighbouring state Oregon described battling the infernos as like “driving through hell”.

Oregon state governor Kate Brown said: “This could be the greatest loss of human life and property due to wildfires in our state’s history.”

She called the deadly blazes “unprecedented”.



Emergency workers were forced to retreat from the fierce fires giving residents strict “go now” orders to evacuate in just minutes.

“It was like driving through hell,” Jody Evans told local television station NewsChannel21 after fleeing at midnight from Detroit, about 50 miles west of Salem, Oregon’s capital.

Oregon’s fires were started by felled trees that knocked down power lines in the Santiam Canyon areas in Oregon and have so far scorched more than 200,000 acres of land. “Absolutely no area in the state is free from fire,” said Doug Graf, of the Oregon Forestry Department.



Residents of more than a dozen towns were told to flee immediately or be prepared to go at a moment’s notice.

Climate scientists say global warming has caused greater extremes in wet and dry seasons across the US West Coast, causing vegetation to flourish then dry out leaving plenty of fuel for fires.

And they warned the worst is yet to come as it is not even fire season yet as fire services across the country almost buckle under the strain.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tyler Kranz said the wind gust went up to 50mph on Tuesday and slowed down gradually throughout the day.

He explained: “But it’s not until Wednesday when the winds die down and even then, the fire weather doesn’t improve much until Thursday.”

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