1 big thing: the natural disasters on the other coast
In the aftermath of Harvey, and with Irma bearing down on Florida, it's easy to forget the fires burning up the West Coast. But it's worth giving them some attention.
"Smoke from over a hundred wildfires burning across the west is smothering the country," by Axios' Erin Ross, who reports that wildfires are burning nearly 2 million acres out west.
- "Thousands have been evacuated, and homes have been burned."
- "26,000 firefighters are burning, bulldozing and dousing flames to protect homes and lives."
- "[T]here are so many fires burning at once, there aren't enough people to fight them all."
Why it's happening, the short answer: "Record-high temperatures have plagued the West since July, and it's one of the driest summers on record."
Go deeper: The scope of the wildfire problem.
Even deeper — The latest Axios Sourced: Erin discusses the fires scorching the West and their far-reaching consequences.
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