What sparked the “apocalyptic” fires on the US West Coast?

(CNN Español) — The states of Oregon, Washington and California, on the west coast of the United States, have been seriously affected by the fires for a month and dozens of people have lost their lives so far.

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Data from fires on the west coast of the United States.

Some 1.9 million hectares have been devastated by fire in those states. Five of the 20 largest wildfires in California history occurred in 2020. After more than a month of fires, local officials are contradicting Donald Trump on the factors that have made this fire season historic in its devastation .

Fires across the west coast of the United States have wiped out hundreds of thousands of acres, equal to the size of the state of New Jersey.

It’s a fire season never seen before in California history. Five of the 20 largest wildfires in California history occurred in 2020. Most of the fires that started this year are due to thunderstorms.

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service reported that smoke from wildfires on the US west coast reached Europe.

Contradictions on the key factor of fires

California Governor Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Washington Governor Jay Inslee said the fires in their states are the result of the climate crisis.

But President Donald Trump says they were the result of mismanagement of the land. “As for the forests, when the trees fall, after a short period of time, like about 18 months, they get really dry, and they become really like a match, and they get up, you know, there’s no more water flowing. , and they become very, very … they just explode, they can explode, “he said.

Meanwhile, millions of people watch the fires paint the sky orange and unleash scenes that some have described as “apocalyptic” in towns that have been destroyed.