West Coast fires kill at least 31 as Oregon braces for "mass fatality event"
Of note: 10 deaths have been confirmed in Oregon, 20 in California, and one in Washington state this fire season. Most fatalities have occurred this past week. The death tolls are expected to rise sharply in coming days.
- In Oregon, emergency management director Andrew Phelps said the state was "preparing for a mass fatality event." Phelps told MSNBC, "There are going to be a number of fatalities, folks who just couldn't get warning in time and evacuate their homes and get to safety."
The big picture: 97 large fires have burned millions of acres across the western part of the U.S., per USA TODAY.
- Evacuation orders were in place in six states including, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho and Utah.
- Rescue workers and firefighters, meanwhile, are searching for dozens of missing people in California and Oregon.
- President Trump, who was criticized for remaining silent on the fires for at least three weeks, plans to visit California on Monday.
- Officials along the West Coast have urged people to stay in doors as smoke from the fires continue to choke the region.
In photos: Wildfires rage across the West
Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on the fires and to reflect the rise in the death toll.