London (CNN)The wildfires devastating California and other parts of the western United States are the worst in 18 years, with vast amounts of thick smoke affecting large areas of the North America and even reaching Northern Europe, scientists said Wednesday.

The fires, which began in mid-August in California and Colorado, are “significantly more intense than the 2003-2019 average for the whole country and the affected states,” according to data from Europe’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).Oregon and Washington have also seen serious wildfires break out since the beginning of September, following recent hot, dry and windy conditions.Climate-related disasters in the news this week

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Scientists from CAMS, which is part of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, use satellite observations to track wildfire activity around the world. Fire activity this year in the United States has been “tens to hundreds of times more intense” than the average from 2003 to 2019 across the country as a whole, as well as in several affected states, they say. “The scale and magnitude of these fires are at a level much higher than in any of the 18 years that our monitoring data covers, since 2003,” said Mark Parrington, a senior scientist for CAMS.Read More”A good indicator of smoke thickness is aerosol optical depth (AOD). Over the western US, AOD levels have been observed to reach values of seven or above; to put this into perspective, an AOD measurement of one already implies very hazy conditions and potentially poor air quality.”While the heaviest smoke remained off the West Coast over the Pacific Ocean for several days, according to CAMS data and satellite images, it began to blow back across the United States and Canada in recent days. Smoke traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to Northern Europe at the end of last week, and is forecast to do so again in the coming days, CAMS said.

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— Copernicus ECMWF (@CopernicusECMWF) September 16, 2020 “The fact that these fires are emitting so much pollution into the atmosphere that we can still see thick smoke over 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) away reflects just how devastating they have been in their magnitude and duration,” said Parrington.The US National Interagency Fire Center said Tuesday that at least 87 wildfires were burning in 11 states. Many are filling the sky with choking smoke and pushing firefighters beyond exhaustion. Mill Creek Hotshots set a back burn to protect homes from the Bobcat Fire on Sunday, September 13 in Arcadia, California. Mill Creek Hotshots set a back burn to protect homes from the Bobcat Fire on Sunday, September 13 in Arcadia, California. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestMill Creek Hotshots set a back burn to protect homes from the Bobcat Fire on Sunday, September 13 in Arcadia, California. Hide Caption 1 of 83President Donald Trump listens as California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a briefing about western wildfires at Sacramento McClellan Airport on Monday, September 14.President Donald Trump listens as California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a briefing about western wildfires at Sacramento McClellan Airport on Monday, September 14. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPresident Donald Trump listens as California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a briefing about western wildfires at Sacramento McClellan Airport on Monday, September 14.Hide Caption 2 of 83George Coble walks through his destroyed property in Mill City, Oregon, on Saturday, September 12.George Coble walks through his destroyed property in Mill City, Oregon, on Saturday, September 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestGeorge Coble walks through his destroyed property in Mill City, Oregon, on Saturday, September 12.Hide Caption 3 of 83The Bobcat Fire burns in Angeles National Forest, north of Monrovia, California, on Friday, September 11.The Bobcat Fire burns in Angeles National Forest, north of Monrovia, California, on Friday, September 11. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestThe Bobcat Fire burns in Angeles National Forest, north of Monrovia, California, on Friday, September 11.Hide Caption 4 of 83Crystal Sparks kisses her 4-year-old twins, Chance and Ryder Sutton, as they escape the Obenchain Fire in Butte Falls, Oregon, on September 11.Crystal Sparks kisses her 4-year-old twins, Chance and Ryder Sutton, as they escape the Obenchain Fire in Butte Falls, Oregon, on September 11. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestCrystal Sparks kisses her 4-year-old twins, Chance and Ryder Sutton, as they escape the Obenchain Fire in Butte Falls, Oregon, on September 11.Hide Caption 5 of 83North Valley Disaster Group member Kari Zeitler and Butte County Animal Control officer Linda Newman bridle up two donkeys wandering along a roadside in Berry Creek, California, on September 11. The donkeys were displaced by the Bear Fire.North Valley Disaster Group member Kari Zeitler and Butte County Animal Control officer Linda Newman bridle up two donkeys wandering along a roadside in Berry Creek, California, on September 11. The donkeys were displaced by the Bear Fire. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestNorth Valley Disaster Group member Kari Zeitler and Butte County Animal Control officer Linda Newman bridle up two donkeys wandering along a roadside in Berry Creek, California, on September 11. The donkeys were displaced by the Bear Fire.Hide Caption 6 of 83A firefighter shoots an incendiary device during a back burn to help control the Dolan Fire in Big Sur, California, on September 11. A firefighter shoots an incendiary device during a back burn to help control the Dolan Fire in Big Sur, California, on September 11. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter shoots an incendiary device during a back burn to help control the Dolan Fire in Big Sur, California, on September 11. Hide Caption 7 of 83Dora Negrete is consoled by her son Hector Rocha after seeing their destroyed mobile home in Talent, Oregon, on Thursday, September 10.Dora Negrete is consoled by her son Hector Rocha after seeing their destroyed mobile home in Talent, Oregon, on Thursday, September 10. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestDora Negrete is consoled by her son Hector Rocha after seeing their destroyed mobile home in Talent, Oregon, on Thursday, September 10.Hide Caption 8 of 83This aerial photo shows a destroyed mobile-home park in Phoenix, Oregon, on September 10.This aerial photo shows a destroyed mobile-home park in Phoenix, Oregon, on September 10. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestThis aerial photo shows a destroyed mobile-home park in Phoenix, Oregon, on September 10.Hide Caption 9 of 83A street is shrouded by smoke from wildfires in West Linn, Oregon, on September 10.A street is shrouded by smoke from wildfires in West Linn, Oregon, on September 10. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA street is shrouded by smoke from wildfires in West Linn, Oregon, on September 10.Hide Caption 10 of 83A tanker jet drops fire retardant to slow the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Monrovia, California, on September 10.A tanker jet drops fire retardant to slow the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Monrovia, California, on September 10. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA tanker jet drops fire retardant to slow the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Monrovia, California, on September 10.Hide Caption 11 of 83Looking up San Francisco's Columbus Avenue, the Transamerica Pyramid and Salesforce Tower are covered with smoke from nearby wildfires on Wednesday, September 9. This photo was taken in the late morning.Looking up San Francisco's Columbus Avenue, the Transamerica Pyramid and Salesforce Tower are covered with smoke from nearby wildfires on Wednesday, September 9. This photo was taken in the late morning. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestLooking up San Francisco’s Columbus Avenue, the Transamerica Pyramid and Salesforce Tower are covered with smoke from nearby wildfires on Wednesday, September 9. This photo was taken in the late morning.Hide Caption 12 of 83Visitors of San Francisco's Dolores Park are seen under an orange sky <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/09/weather/california-orange-skies-wildfires-photos-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">darkened by smoke</a> on September 9.Visitors of San Francisco's Dolores Park are seen under an orange sky <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/09/weather/california-orange-skies-wildfires-photos-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">darkened by smoke</a> on September 9. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestVisitors of San Francisco’s Dolores Park are seen under an orange sky darkened by smoke on September 9.Hide Caption 13 of 83Wildfire smoke hangs over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on September 9. Wildfire smoke hangs over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on September 9. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestWildfire smoke hangs over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on September 9. Hide Caption 14 of 83Bejhan Razi, a senior building inspector in Mill Valley, California, checks out repairs on a lamp-post clock as the sky is illuminated by nearby wildfires.Bejhan Razi, a senior building inspector in Mill Valley, California, checks out repairs on a lamp-post clock as the sky is illuminated by nearby wildfires. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestBejhan Razi, a senior building inspector in Mill Valley, California, checks out repairs on a lamp-post clock as the sky is illuminated by nearby wildfires.Hide Caption 15 of 83People stand in Alamo Square Park as smoke hangs over San Francisco on September 9. People stand in Alamo Square Park as smoke hangs over San Francisco on September 9. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPeople stand in Alamo Square Park as smoke hangs over San Francisco on September 9. Hide Caption 16 of 83People stop to take pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge as it is affected from smoke by nearby wildfires on September 9.People stop to take pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge as it is affected from smoke by nearby wildfires on September 9. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPeople stop to take pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge as it is affected from smoke by nearby wildfires on September 9.Hide Caption 17 of 83Firefighters cut defensive lines and light backfires to protect structures in Butte County, California, on September 9.Firefighters cut defensive lines and light backfires to protect structures in Butte County, California, on September 9. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighters cut defensive lines and light backfires to protect structures in Butte County, California, on September 9.Hide Caption 18 of 83Flames shoot from a home in Butte County.Flames shoot from a home in Butte County. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames shoot from a home in Butte County.Hide Caption 19 of 83A Pacific Gas and Electric worker looks up at the advancing Creek Fire near Alder Springs, California, on Tuesday, September 8.A Pacific Gas and Electric worker looks up at the advancing Creek Fire near Alder Springs, California, on Tuesday, September 8. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA Pacific Gas and Electric worker looks up at the advancing Creek Fire near Alder Springs, California, on Tuesday, September 8.Hide Caption 20 of 83Lisa Theis unloads the last of her 44 alpacas after she evacuated her ranch in North Fork, California.Lisa Theis unloads the last of her 44 alpacas after she evacuated her ranch in North Fork, California. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestLisa Theis unloads the last of her 44 alpacas after she evacuated her ranch in North Fork, California.Hide Caption 21 of 83Flames burn at a home leveled by the Creek Fire in Fresno County, California.Flames burn at a home leveled by the Creek Fire in Fresno County, California. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames burn at a home leveled by the Creek Fire in Fresno County, California.Hide Caption 22 of 83A slide is melted at a school playground in Fresno County.A slide is melted at a school playground in Fresno County. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA slide is melted at a school playground in Fresno County.Hide Caption 23 of 83Rubble is seen on September 7 after a wildfire left the small town of Malden, Washington, in ruins. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/08/us/malden-washington-fire-town-destroyed/index.html" target="_blank">The fire destroyed about 80% of the homes and buildings in Malden,</a> which is about 35 miles south of Spokane.Rubble is seen on September 7 after a wildfire left the small town of Malden, Washington, in ruins. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/08/us/malden-washington-fire-town-destroyed/index.html" target="_blank">The fire destroyed about 80% of the homes and buildings in Malden,</a> which is about 35 miles south of Spokane. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestRubble is seen on September 7 after a wildfire left the small town of Malden, Washington, in ruins. The fire destroyed about 80% of the homes and buildings in Malden, which is about 35 miles south of Spokane.Hide Caption 24 of 83Firefighter Nick Grinstead battles the Creek Fire in Shaver Lake, California, on September 7.Firefighter Nick Grinstead battles the Creek Fire in Shaver Lake, California, on September 7. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighter Nick Grinstead battles the Creek Fire in Shaver Lake, California, on September 7.Hide Caption 25 of 83A firefighter in Jamul, California, battles the Valley Fire on September 6.A firefighter in Jamul, California, battles the Valley Fire on September 6. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter in Jamul, California, battles the Valley Fire on September 6.Hide Caption 26 of 83A fire encroaches Japatul Road in Jamul on September 6.A fire encroaches Japatul Road in Jamul on September 6. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA fire encroaches Japatul Road in Jamul on September 6.Hide Caption 27 of 83Little League baseball players warm up for a game near Dehesa, California, as the Valley Fire burns on September 6.Little League baseball players warm up for a game near Dehesa, California, as the Valley Fire burns on September 6. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestLittle League baseball players warm up for a game near Dehesa, California, as the Valley Fire burns on September 6.Hide Caption 28 of 83A firefighter watches the advancing Creek Fire in Shaver Lake.A firefighter watches the advancing Creek Fire in Shaver Lake. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter watches the advancing Creek Fire in Shaver Lake.Hide Caption 29 of 83A business owner in Shaver Lake walks next to kayaks he rents as smoke from the Creek Fire fills the sky on September 6.A business owner in Shaver Lake walks next to kayaks he rents as smoke from the Creek Fire fills the sky on September 6. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA business owner in Shaver Lake walks next to kayaks he rents as smoke from the Creek Fire fills the sky on September 6.Hide Caption 30 of 83Family members comfort each other as the El Dorado Fire moves closer to their home in Yucaipa, California, on September 6.Family members comfort each other as the El Dorado Fire moves closer to their home in Yucaipa, California, on September 6. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFamily members comfort each other as the El Dorado Fire moves closer to their home in Yucaipa, California, on September 6.Hide Caption 31 of 83A firefighter sets a controlled burn with a drip torch while fighting the Creek Fire in Shaver Lake.A firefighter sets a controlled burn with a drip torch while fighting the Creek Fire in Shaver Lake. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter sets a controlled burn with a drip torch while fighting the Creek Fire in Shaver Lake.Hide Caption 32 of 83Dozens of evacuees are airlifted to safety on a California National Guard helicopter on September 5. The Creek Fire had left them stranded in a popular camping area in the Sierra National Forest.Dozens of evacuees are airlifted to safety on a California National Guard helicopter on September 5. The Creek Fire had left them stranded in a popular camping area in the Sierra National Forest. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestDozens of evacuees are airlifted to safety on a California National Guard helicopter on September 5. The Creek Fire had left them stranded in a popular camping area in the Sierra National Forest.Hide Caption 33 of 83Firefighters walk in a line in Yucaipa on September 5.Firefighters walk in a line in Yucaipa on September 5. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighters walk in a line in Yucaipa on September 5.Hide Caption 34 of 83Haze and smoke blanket the sky near Naches, Washington, as the Evans Canyon Fire burns on September 3.Haze and smoke blanket the sky near Naches, Washington, as the Evans Canyon Fire burns on September 3. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestHaze and smoke blanket the sky near Naches, Washington, as the Evans Canyon Fire burns on September 3.Hide Caption 35 of 83California Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, listens as Santa Cruz State Park Superintendent Chris Spohrer talks about the fire damage to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park.California Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, listens as Santa Cruz State Park Superintendent Chris Spohrer talks about the fire damage to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, listens as Santa Cruz State Park Superintendent Chris Spohrer talks about the fire damage to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park.Hide Caption 36 of 83Randy Hunt packs up his belongings, including his daughter Natasha's first Pooh bear, left, in case he and his wife Sheli had to evacuate the home they rent in Middletown, California, on August 26.Randy Hunt packs up his belongings, including his daughter Natasha's first Pooh bear, left, in case he and his wife Sheli had to evacuate the home they rent in Middletown, California, on August 26. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestRandy Hunt packs up his belongings, including his daughter Natasha’s first Pooh bear, left, in case he and his wife Sheli had to evacuate the home they rent in Middletown, California, on August 26.Hide Caption 37 of 83Firefighter Juan Chavarin pulls down a burning tree trunk in Guerneville, California, on August 25.Firefighter Juan Chavarin pulls down a burning tree trunk in Guerneville, California, on August 25. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighter Juan Chavarin pulls down a burning tree trunk in Guerneville, California, on August 25.Hide Caption 38 of 83A sign reading "Vaca Strong" adorns a charred hillside in Vacaville, California, on August 24.A sign reading "Vaca Strong" adorns a charred hillside in Vacaville, California, on August 24. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA sign reading “Vaca Strong” adorns a charred hillside in Vacaville, California, on August 24.Hide Caption 39 of 83Austin Giannuzzi cries while embracing relatives at the burned remains of their Vacaville home on August 23.Austin Giannuzzi cries while embracing relatives at the burned remains of their Vacaville home on August 23. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestAustin Giannuzzi cries while embracing relatives at the burned remains of their Vacaville home on August 23.Hide Caption 40 of 83A firefighter looks out from a helicopter while battling the LNU Lightning Complex fires in Lake County, California.A firefighter looks out from a helicopter while battling the LNU Lightning Complex fires in Lake County, California. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter looks out from a helicopter while battling the LNU Lightning Complex fires in Lake County, California.Hide Caption 41 of 83Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires leap above Butts Canyon Road in Lake County on August 23.Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires leap above Butts Canyon Road in Lake County on August 23. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires leap above Butts Canyon Road in Lake County on August 23.Hide Caption 42 of 83Karol Markowski of the South Pasadena Fire Department hoses down hot spots while battling the CZU Lightning Complex fires in Boulder Creek, California, on August 22.Karol Markowski of the South Pasadena Fire Department hoses down hot spots while battling the CZU Lightning Complex fires in Boulder Creek, California, on August 22. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestKarol Markowski of the South Pasadena Fire Department hoses down hot spots while battling the CZU Lightning Complex fires in Boulder Creek, California, on August 22.Hide Caption 43 of 83A burned-out vehicle is left in front of a destroyed residence as smoke fills the sky in Boulder Creek on August 22.A burned-out vehicle is left in front of a destroyed residence as smoke fills the sky in Boulder Creek on August 22. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA burned-out vehicle is left in front of a destroyed residence as smoke fills the sky in Boulder Creek on August 22.Hide Caption 44 of 83Smoke hangs low in the air at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park as some redwoods burn in Boulder Creek on August 22.Smoke hangs low in the air at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park as some redwoods burn in Boulder Creek on August 22. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSmoke hangs low in the air at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park as some redwoods burn in Boulder Creek on August 22.Hide Caption 45 of 83A firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood in Napa County on August 21.A firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood in Napa County on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood in Napa County on August 21.Hide Caption 46 of 83Veterinary technician Brianna Jeter comforts a llama injured by a fire in Vacaville on August 21. At right, animal control officer Dae Kim prepares to euthanize the llama.Veterinary technician Brianna Jeter comforts a llama injured by a fire in Vacaville on August 21. At right, animal control officer Dae Kim prepares to euthanize the llama. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestVeterinary technician Brianna Jeter comforts a llama injured by a fire in Vacaville on August 21. At right, animal control officer Dae Kim prepares to euthanize the llama.Hide Caption 47 of 83Smoke from nearby wildfires hangs over San Francisco on August 21.Smoke from nearby wildfires hangs over San Francisco on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSmoke from nearby wildfires hangs over San Francisco on August 21.Hide Caption 48 of 83A firefighter monitors the advance of a fire in Boulder Creek on August 21.A firefighter monitors the advance of a fire in Boulder Creek on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter monitors the advance of a fire in Boulder Creek on August 21.Hide Caption 49 of 83Members of the US Forest Service discuss their next moves to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Dotsero, Colorado, on August 21.Members of the US Forest Service discuss their next moves to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Dotsero, Colorado, on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestMembers of the US Forest Service discuss their next moves to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Dotsero, Colorado, on August 21.Hide Caption 50 of 83People pack brown-bag lunches at an evacuation center in Santa Cruz, California, on August 21.People pack brown-bag lunches at an evacuation center in Santa Cruz, California, on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPeople pack brown-bag lunches at an evacuation center in Santa Cruz, California, on August 21.Hide Caption 51 of 83A smoke plume from the LNU Lightning Complex fires billows over Healdsburg, California, on August 20.A smoke plume from the LNU Lightning Complex fires billows over Healdsburg, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA smoke plume from the LNU Lightning Complex fires billows over Healdsburg, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 52 of 83A firefighter battles flames in Santa Cruz County, California, on August 20.A firefighter battles flames in Santa Cruz County, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter battles flames in Santa Cruz County, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 53 of 83Only scorched homes and vehicles remain in the Spanish Flat Mobile Villa in Napa County, California, on August 20.Only scorched homes and vehicles remain in the Spanish Flat Mobile Villa in Napa County, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestOnly scorched homes and vehicles remain in the Spanish Flat Mobile Villa in Napa County, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 54 of 83Peter Koleckar reacts after seeing multiple homes burned in his neighborhood in Bonny Doon, California, on August 20.Peter Koleckar reacts after seeing multiple homes burned in his neighborhood in Bonny Doon, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPeter Koleckar reacts after seeing multiple homes burned in his neighborhood in Bonny Doon, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 55 of 83A forest burns in Bonny Doon on August 20.A forest burns in Bonny Doon on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA forest burns in Bonny Doon on August 20.Hide Caption 56 of 83A man looks at a tree blocking his way after a fire ravaged Vacaville, California, on August 20.A man looks at a tree blocking his way after a fire ravaged Vacaville, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA man looks at a tree blocking his way after a fire ravaged Vacaville, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 57 of 83A melted plastic fence lies on the charred ground after fire swept through Vacaville on August 20.A melted plastic fence lies on the charred ground after fire swept through Vacaville on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA melted plastic fence lies on the charred ground after fire swept through Vacaville on August 20.Hide Caption 58 of 83Sarah Hawkins searches through rubble after her Vacaville home was destroyed on August 20.Sarah Hawkins searches through rubble after her Vacaville home was destroyed on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSarah Hawkins searches through rubble after her Vacaville home was destroyed on August 20.Hide Caption 59 of 83Fire crews maintain a backburn to control the River Fire near the Las Palmas neighborhood in Salinas, California, on August 19.Fire crews maintain a backburn to control the River Fire near the Las Palmas neighborhood in Salinas, California, on August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFire crews maintain a backburn to control the River Fire near the Las Palmas neighborhood in Salinas, California, on August 19.Hide Caption 60 of 83Gina Santos cries in her car after evacuating Vacaville on August 19.Gina Santos cries in her car after evacuating Vacaville on August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestGina Santos cries in her car after evacuating Vacaville on August 19.Hide Caption 61 of 83People herd cows down Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville on August 19.People herd cows down Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville on August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPeople herd cows down Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville on August 19.Hide Caption 62 of 83Flames consume a home in Napa County, California, on August 19.Flames consume a home in Napa County, California, on August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames consume a home in Napa County, California, on August 19.Hide Caption 63 of 83Embers burn along a hillside above Lake Berryessa as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Napa County on August 18. This image was taken with a long exposure.Embers burn along a hillside above Lake Berryessa as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Napa County on August 18. This image was taken with a long exposure. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestEmbers burn along a hillside above Lake Berryessa as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Napa County on August 18. This image was taken with a long exposure.Hide Caption 64 of 83A resident runs into a home to save a dog while flames from the Hennessy Fire close in near Lake Berryessa on August 18.A resident runs into a home to save a dog while flames from the Hennessy Fire close in near Lake Berryessa on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA resident runs into a home to save a dog while flames from the Hennessy Fire close in near Lake Berryessa on August 18.Hide Caption 65 of 83A home burns as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in Napa County on August 18.A home burns as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in Napa County on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA home burns as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in Napa County on August 18.Hide Caption 66 of 83An air tanker drops retardant on fires in the Spanish Flat community of Napa County on August 18.An air tanker drops retardant on fires in the Spanish Flat community of Napa County on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestAn air tanker drops retardant on fires in the Spanish Flat community of Napa County on August 18.Hide Caption 67 of 83Flames from the Hennessy Fire consume a cabin at the Nichelini Family Winery in Napa County on August 18.Flames from the Hennessy Fire consume a cabin at the Nichelini Family Winery in Napa County on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames from the Hennessy Fire consume a cabin at the Nichelini Family Winery in Napa County on August 18.Hide Caption 68 of 83Tony Leonardini works on a spot fire as thunderstorm winds fan the Hennessy Fire in Napa County on August 17.Tony Leonardini works on a spot fire as thunderstorm winds fan the Hennessy Fire in Napa County on August 17. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestTony Leonardini works on a spot fire as thunderstorm winds fan the Hennessy Fire in Napa County on August 17.Hide Caption 69 of 83Smoke from the Grizzly Creek Fire is thick in Glenwood Canyon, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 16.Smoke from the Grizzly Creek Fire is thick in Glenwood Canyon, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 16. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSmoke from the Grizzly Creek Fire is thick in Glenwood Canyon, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 16.Hide Caption 70 of 83Kathy Mathison looks at the still-smoldering wildfire on August 16 that, just a day before, came within several feet of her home in Bend, Oregon.Kathy Mathison looks at the still-smoldering wildfire on August 16 that, just a day before, came within several feet of her home in Bend, Oregon. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestKathy Mathison looks at the still-smoldering wildfire on August 16 that, just a day before, came within several feet of her home in Bend, Oregon.Hide Caption 71 of 83Firefighters look at smoke and flames rising from the Ranch2 Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, on August 14.Firefighters look at smoke and flames rising from the Ranch2 Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, on August 14. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighters look at smoke and flames rising from the Ranch2 Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, on August 14.Hide Caption 72 of 83A helicopter makes a water drop over the Ranch2 Fire in Azusa, California, on August 13.A helicopter makes a water drop over the Ranch2 Fire in Azusa, California, on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA helicopter makes a water drop over the Ranch2 Fire in Azusa, California, on August 13.Hide Caption 73 of 83A car is charred by the Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, on August 13.A car is charred by the Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA car is charred by the Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, on August 13.Hide Caption 74 of 83A couple watches the Ranch2 Fire from a distance on August 13.A couple watches the Ranch2 Fire from a distance on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA couple watches the Ranch2 Fire from a distance on August 13.Hide Caption 75 of 83A firefighter crew works in Lake Hughes on August 13.A firefighter crew works in Lake Hughes on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter crew works in Lake Hughes on August 13.Hide Caption 76 of 83The Lake Fire burns a home in Angeles National Forest on August 13.The Lake Fire burns a home in Angeles National Forest on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestThe Lake Fire burns a home in Angeles National Forest on August 13.Hide Caption 77 of 83Flames and smoke from the Lake Fire rise on Wednesday, August 12.Flames and smoke from the Lake Fire rise on Wednesday, August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames and smoke from the Lake Fire rise on Wednesday, August 12.Hide Caption 78 of 83A firefighter works against the Lake Fire on August 12.A firefighter works against the Lake Fire on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter works against the Lake Fire on August 12.Hide Caption 79 of 83Firefighters make an escape plan as the Lake Fire burns a hillside on August 12.Firefighters make an escape plan as the Lake Fire burns a hillside on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighters make an escape plan as the Lake Fire burns a hillside on August 12.Hide Caption 80 of 83A tanker makes a drop on the Lake Fire on August 12.A tanker makes a drop on the Lake Fire on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA tanker makes a drop on the Lake Fire on August 12.Hide Caption 81 of 83A plume of smoke rises from the Lake Fire on August 12.A plume of smoke rises from the Lake Fire on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA plume of smoke rises from the Lake Fire on August 12.Hide Caption 82 of 83Fire crews battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 11.Fire crews battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 11. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFire crews battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 11.Hide Caption 83 of 8302 california wildfires 091301 california wildfires 0914 trump01 wildfires 0912 Oregon03 wildfires 0911 california RESTRICTED01 wildfires 0911 oregon04 wildfires 0911 california RESTRICTED03 california fire 091102 wildfires 091003 wildfires 091001 wildfires 091004 wildfires 091001 bay area smoke05 bay area smoke03 bay area smoke04 wildfires 0909 mill valley RESTRICTED04 bay area smoke01 wildfires 0909 san francisco 02 wildfire 0909 bear fire01 wildfire 0909 bear fire 01 creek fire 0908 08 wildfires ca ca05 creek fire 090804 creek fire 090809 wildfires malden WA01 wildfires 090705 california fire 090605 wildfires 090601 california fire 090602 wildfires 090602 california fire 0906RESTRICTED 04 california fire 090601 wildfires 090603 wildfires 090604 wildfires 0906western wildfires 0903 evans canyon western wildfires newsom 0901western wildfires 0826 lightning complex RESTRICTEDwalbridge fire 0825 RESTRICTED01 wildfires 082402 wildfires 082304 wildfires 082301 wildfires 082303 wildfires 082204 wildfires 082211 cali fires 082201 cali fires 082207 cali fires 082203 cali fires 082204 cali fires 082205 cali fires 082206 cali fires 082208 cali fires 082201B wildfires 082102 wildfires 082103 wildfires 082104 wildfires 082105 wildfires 082106 wildfires 082107 wildfires 082108 wildfires 082109 wildfires 082110 wildfires 082111 wildfires 082104B west wildfires 081803 west wildfires 081808 west wildfires 081802 west wildfires 081809 west wildfires 081806 west wildfires 081805 west wildfires 081807 west wildfires 081801 western fires unfurl 0814 california 03 western fires unfurl 0813 california 02 western fires unfurl 0813 california 04 western fires unfurl 0813 california 05 western fires unfurl 0813 california RESTRICTED08 western fires unfurl 0813 california 06 western fires unfurl 07 western fires unfurl 0812 california 09 western fires unfurl 0812 california RESTRICTED10 western fires unfurl 0812 california 11 western fires unfurl 0812 california 02 wildfires california oregon coloradoAt least 25 people have died in the California wildfires since August. Ten people were dead and 22 missing in Oregon as of Tuesday.The fires have already emitted an estimated 21.7 megatonnes of carbon in California, 7.3 megatonnes of carbon in Oregon and 1.4 megatonnes of carbon in Washington, according to CAMS.Parts of the West Coast now have the worst air quality in the world, according to the air quality monitoring group IQAir.

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