“You have the protests, coronavirus pandemic, now the wildfires. What else can go wrong?”

Portland, OR resident Danielle Oliver, asking the question on everyone’s mind.

  • PROTESTS: Both peaceful protests and violent riots have occurred in Portland, Oregon over the last 100 days. Portland is just one of many cities across the country where protesters have taken to the streets in the wake of the fatal shooting of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
  • COVID-19: Speaking on Friday, Dr. Fauci indicated the U.S. is not yet “rounding the corner”, citing the more than 6 million U.S. and 190,000 deaths across the country, with up to 4,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths being reported daily.
  • WILDFIRES: To date, the wildfires have killed at least 33 people in California (22), Oregon (10), and Washington (1).
    • In California, more than 15,000 firefighters are currently battling 29 major wildfires. Over the last month, the wildfires have burned at least 1.2 acres, killing 22 people and destroying over 4,100 structures. Wildfires have burned more than 3.1 million acres across California so far this year – at least 25 times more acres burned during the same time period in 2019.
    • In Oregon, there are now 16 large wildfires burning more than 875,000 acres.
    • In Washington, there are now 13 large wildfires burning more than 675,000 acres.