After four days of extremely hot, windy weather, this weekend brought calmer winds from the Pacific inland and cool, humid conditions that helped the crew withstand the uncontrolled wildfires that started in California.
NEHA promises to support all affected states in every possible way. “We stand ready to help as the smoke creates unlivable conditions for many towns and cities in the surrounding areas.” NEHA said.
Authorities said the weather improved on Saturday, which helped the firefighters who have been working round the clock in fighting the fire on the west coast of the United States.
Last Friday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown said more than 40,000 people had been evacuated from their homes since the fire started, and nearly 500,000 residents are on three different evacuation alert levels.
Reuter’s news agency reported that the state had advised some residents to pack and remain vigilant, while some are advised to flee immediately.
According to authorities, calmer winds from the sea, which bring cooler, humid conditions, is helping emergency crew deal with the wildfires.
On Saturday morning, the National Forest Fire Department of Mount Hood, about 20 miles east of Portland, Oregon, stated that a “persistent layer of smoke” would limit the weather’s impact on fires in the area.
A White House spokesman said on Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump would visit California on Monday to hear a briefing on the wildfires. The White House said Trump would meet with local and federal officials near Sacramento, California’s capital.
The National Weather Service announced on Sunday that air quality in certain cities might improve from Monday.
Greg Jones, a professor and research climatologist at Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon, said the weather condition that created the fire and started the flames is likely once-in-a-generation event.