Cooler Temperatures, Rain Begin to Ease Wildfires in Western US

Wildfires in the Western states of California, Oregon and Washington continued to burn Friday, with millions of acres already scorched. But some relief appeared to be on the way.In Oregon, a top fire protection official said several of the fires had been “taken off the map,” meaning they could be downgraded.According to The Power and Light Building is silhouetted against the hazy rising sun, Sept. 18, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. Sunrises and sunsets across much of the country have been more vibrant than usual as smoke from Western wildfires drifts across the nation.However, weather forecasters said cooler temperatures were on the way, according to the Los Angeles Times.As of Friday, there were more than two dozen fires burning in California, with more than 17,000 firefighters trying to contain them.At least 24 people have died in the fires.In Seattle, a blanket of smoke was expected to dissipate as rain moves in.“The worst is behind us,” Dustin Guy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, told the Seattle Times, referring to the smoke. “It’s just a matter of continuing to improve and bringing in cleaner air off the Pacific.”The wildfires have forced thousands to evacuate along the West Coast, and resulting smoke has sent even those far from the fires to area hospitals.