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An aerial view of a police patrol car driving by apartment homes destroyed by wildfire on Sept. 12. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

Deadly wildfires sweeping the West have displaced tens of thousands of people, per AP, as officials in Oregon warn of a "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
A burned vehicle sits in front of a home destroyed in the North Complex fire in Berry Creek, California, on Sept. 11. Photo: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Los Angeles County firefighters, using only hand tools, keep fire from jumping a fire break at the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest, north of Monrovia, California, on Sept. 11. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
The Bobcat Fire burns through the Angeles National Forest on Sept. 11. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
A aerial view on Sept. 12 of the destruction from a wildfire that swept through Talent, Oregon. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images
The sun sets through wildfire smoke in Seattle, Washington, on Sept. 11. Photo: Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on the fires and to reflect the rise in the death toll.

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The state of play: Vaccines will first go to frontline health care workers followed by older and vulnerable populations. The distribution of Pfizer vaccine marks the beginning of a possible end of the coronavirus pandemic, and may soon be followed by a rollout of vaccines from Moderna and AstraZeneca.

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The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.

CNN fires Chris Cuomo

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN

CNN said Saturday evening it has fired one of its star anchors, Chris Cuomo, following new revelations from a legal review made by the company into Cuomo's involvement in the management of his brother's sexual harassment scandal.

Why it matters: Saturday's firing speaks to how much pressure CNN was under by employees and critics to address Cuomo's behavior.