As the wildfires continue to burn across the West Coast, one such fire in Oregon resulted in a massive explosion. Footage from the blast surfaced on social media on Wednesday morning.
The video was taken in Carus, Oregon. Filmed at night, the clip shows the surrounding flames casting an orange light in the sky when suddenly an enormous blast erupts, shooting fire high into the sky.
On Tuesday night, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the wildfires spreading throughout the state. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management says more than 368,029 acres are burning with at least 35 active fires, ABC News reports.
Gov. Brown released a statement on Tuesday night urging residents to take safety precautions. “Wind continues to fuel the wildfires, with devastating consequences across Oregon,” Brown said. “People’s homes, lives & land are at risk. If you are in an evacuation area, please pay close attention & listen to local calls to evacuate — this can save your life & the lives of our firefighters.”
The wildfires forced thousands of residents to evacuate already. Furthermore, Brown says, “For people and families in the evacuation areas, please listen to local calls to evacuate as needed — these lifesaving measures can protect the lives of you and your loved ones, as well as our firefighters.”
The Beachie Creek Fire spans across 132,450 acres. However, it is 0% contained. Meanwhile, the Lionshead Fire is 91,754 acres and is only 5% contained.
Wildfires Across the West Coast
Oregon isn’t the only state experiencing massive wildfires at the moment. California is battling blazes across millions of acres, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protect reports. More than 14,000 firefighters are working to put out the flames.
Compared to 2019, the current year marked a major surge in wildfires. The state of California saw 4,927 fires last year while this year there’s been 7,606 fires. Moreover, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, 118,000 acres burned last year compared to 2.3 million acres this year.
Tragic footage of the California wildfires has landed on social media. Learn more about the recent devastation here.
[H/T ABC News]