Show an ad over header. AMP

In photos: West Coast faces dense smoke and strong winds as historic wildfires rage

The death toll from the mega-wildfires ravaging the U.S. West Coast has risen to 35, but most of the dozens of people reported missing from a massive blaze in southern Oregon have been found, per AP.

The big picture: Red flag warnings were in place from southern Oregon to Northern California Monday evening amid hot dry conditions. Smoke in Oregon, California and Washington is producing hazardous air quality in the states. The arrival of strong winds Sunday raised hopes of the air clearing and concerns that the blazes may spread. A record 3.1 million acres has burned in California this year, and the fires have razed hundreds of thousands of acres in Oregon and Washington.


Oregon

Homeowners survey their property in a neighborhood destroyed by wildfire on in Talent on Sept. 13. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images
The charred remains from the Beachie Creek Fire near the destroyed Oregon Department of Forestry, North Cascade District Office in Lyons on Sept. 13. Photo: Rob Schumacher/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
A woman drops off donations for residents evacuated from the Riverside Fire at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby Sept. 13. Photo: Robyn Bec/AFP via Getty Images
A resident who's been helping to put out hotspots in Molalla on Sept. 13. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Incident Commander for the Almeda Fire, Scott Magers, got to visit with K9 Officer Simon today. Officer Simon works as a...

Posted by Almeda and Obenchain Fire Information on Sunday, September 13, 2020

California

Firefighters on Sept. 13 keep an eye on the Bobcat Fire as it burns on a hillside behind homes in Arcadia. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images
Propane gas burns at a home destroyed in the North Complex fire on Sept. 11 in Berry. Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The #BobcatFire is now 33,312 acres with 6% containment. Due to increased fire activity, crews conducted strategic firing operations around Chantry Flat to the south on Santa Anita Canyon Road. Firefighters were successful in containing spot fires near Buckhorn Flat and HWY 2. pic.twitter.com/l9kVSAWQeM

— Angeles_NF (@Angeles_NF) September 14, 2020

#ElDoradoFire Update

Acres: 14,283
Containment: 44%
Personnel: 1,319
Injuries: 10
Evacuated: 7,236
Homes damaged: 2
Homes destroyed: 4
Outbuildings damaged: 4
Outbuildings destroyed: 6

More: https://t.co/GQgLVT8nlq @SBCOUNTYFIRE @CALFIREBDU @CHP_San_Berdoo @sbcountysheriff pic.twitter.com/kePABSKYIq

— San Bernardino National Forest (@SanBernardinoNF) September 14, 2020

Washington

As another day of challenging firefighting begins, crews are confronting 35 large #wildfires burning 1,626,821 acres across Oregon & Washington with:

—8,527 Fire personnel
—208 Crews
—606 Engines
—65 Helicopters

Please be safe out there! pic.twitter.com/JE3g39WyOY

— Forest Service NW (@ForestServiceNW) September 13, 2020
A seagull flies past cranes on Harbor Island as smoke from wildfires fills the air on Sept. 12 in Seattle, Washington. Photo: Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images
Smoke from wildfires obscure the Space Needle and the Seattle skyline on Sept. 12 in Seattle, Washington. Photo: Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images

Here are nearly 4 days worth of satellite images showing the journey of the smoke. Initially, it was pulled over the ocean by offshore flow. It was then caught up by westerly winds and pushed back onshore. An incoming system is now gradually pushing it to our east. #wawx pic.twitter.com/10F84yE1xp

— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) September 13, 2020

Trump bump: NYT and WaPo digital subscriptions tripled since 2016

Data: Axios reporting and public filings; Chart: Axios Visuals

The New York Times and The Washington Post have very different strategies for building the subscription news company of the future.

The big picture: Sources tell Axios that the Post is nearing 3 million digital subscribers, a 50% year-over-year growth in subscriptions and more than 3x the number of digital-only subscribers it had in 2016. The New York Times now has more than 6 million digital-only subscribers, nearly 3x its number from 2016.

Keep reading... Show less

What Biden's emerging Cabinet says about his climate priorities

As of Tuesday morning, we know a lot more about President-elect Joe Biden climate personnel orbit, even as picks for agencies like EPA and DOE are outstanding, so here are a few early conclusions.

Why it matters: They're the highest-level names yet announced who will have a role in what Biden is promising will be a far-reaching climate and energy agenda.

Keep reading... Show less

What to expect out of Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary

A face familiar to Wall Street is back as a central player that this time will need to steer the country out of a deep economic crisis.

Driving the news: President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to nominate former Fed chair Janet Yellen to be Treasury secretary.

Keep reading... Show less

Charles Koch says he "screwed up by being partisan" in political spending

In his first on-camera interview in four years, Charles Koch told "Axios on HBO" he's disillusioned with the results of his network's massive political spending, but is optimistic about what he believes will be a less divisive strategy.

Why it matters: Koch — chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, which Forbes yesterday designated as America's largest private company — has been the left's favorite face of big-spending political action.

Keep reading... Show less

What overwhelmed hospitals look like in the COVID era

Utah doctors are doing what they say is the equivalent of rationing care. Intensive care beds in Minnesota are nearly full. And the country overall continues to break hospitalization records — all as millions of Americans travel to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family.

Why it matters: America's health care workers are exhausted, and the sickest coronavirus patients aren't receiving the kind of care that could make the difference between living and dying.

Keep reading... Show less

Southwest CEO: "You should fly" despite CDC warnings against travel during coronavirus

The official guidance of the CDC says that "postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year."

  • Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, however, took the opposing position when he was interviewed by "Axios on HBO." "You should fly," he told me, adding that "we need to have as much commerce and business and movement as is safe to do."
Keep reading... Show less

DCCC chair candidate: Democrats need change "overnight" after surprise losses in House races

Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), who's running for chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told "Axios on HBO" that the DCCC needs to change "overnight" and his colleagues need to be more "culturally competent" if they want to be successful in the next election.

Why it matters: House Democrats are confronting what went wrong and what their party needs to change after they failed to expand their House majority and President Trump expanded his support among Latino voters.

Keep reading... Show less

Apple's new Mac chip turns heads and promises bigger changes

For now, Apple's new M1 chip — fast, power-smart, and literally cool — is just a major hardware upgrade that's winning rave reviews.

But down the road, the M1 will pave the way for new Apple devices that could bridge the divide between Mac and iPhone/iPad computing and transform the devices we use every day.

Keep reading... Show less

Insights

mail-copy

Get Goodhumans in your inbox

Most Read

More Stories