Welcome to the apocalypse: Los Angeles is compared to Blade Runner after smoke from wildfires turns skies bright orange as blazes sweep across the West Coast leaving at least 23 dead and forcing 10% of Oregon’s population to flee

Saturday, September 12, 2020
By Paul Martin

Residents are comparing the Bay Area’s apocalyptic orange skies to scenes from Blade Runner 2049
Los Angeles is suffering the worst smog in 26 years and its air quality is now the joint poorest in the world
Almost 100 major fires continue to rage across 12 states, devastating almost 4.4 million acres
More than 500,000 Oregonians – 10 percent of the population – have evacuated the state
Four have been killed in Oregon including a 12-year-old boy and Portland declared a state of emergency
In Northern California, the North Complex fire is now the state’s deadliest blaze of the year with 10 killed

By RACHEL SHARP
DAILYMAIL.COM
11 September 2020

California residents are comparing the Bay Area’s apocalyptic orange skies to scenes from Blade Runner 2049 while Los Angeles is suffering the worst smog in 26 years and its air quality has plummeted to the poorest in the world as wildfires continue to rip through the West Coast leaving at least 23 dead.

Almost 100 major fires continue to rage across 12 states, devastating almost 4.4 million acres and wiping out thousands of homes in their paths.

California, Oregon and Washington state have been hardest-hit with more than 500,000 Oregonians – 10 percent of the population – forced to evacuate after 1,400 square miles have been scorched statewide in the last week alone causing the major city of Portland to declare a state of emergency.

In Northern California, the North Complex fire that destroyed a foothill hamlet is now the state’s deadliest blaze of the year with 10 people confirmed dead – as officials warn the toll could climb higher as emergency crews desperately search for at least 16 missing people.

Four other deaths have been confirmed in Oregon, including a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother – and one in Washington state.

Areas that have so far escaped the blazes unscathed are now in the grips of dangerously poor air quality, with San Francisco blanketed in thick smog and its air quality now the joint worst in the world with Dubai.

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