Dozens of wildfires tearing through communities across the West have left at least 33 people dead, and authorities fear dozens more are missing and unaccounted for.
Of the people killed since some of the fires broke out in mid-August, 22 have been in California, many of them in the past few days. Ten people have been killed in Oregon and one child was killed in Washington state.
Across the West, 97 large fires were burning Saturday, including 12 in Idaho and nine in Montana, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Smoke from the massive blazes is making the air quality unhealthy, federal air quality monitors warned. That can irritate the lungs and cause inflammation, which can affect the immune system, making people more at risk of lung infections such as coronavirus.
California: Three of the state's five largest wildfires burning now
In California, firefighters are battling more than two dozen major fires across the state, but officials expressed hope that improving weather conditions will boost firefighters' efforts to control the flames.
Three of the five largest wildfires in the state's history are burning now, officials say.
Little rain, high temperatures and strong winds helped set the stage for the flames and fuel them. And it may take a long time for them to stop.