Aerial of so-called “Milepost-90 Fire” in Washington State (Image courtesy to Reuters)
A wildfire dubbed the “Milepost-90 Fire” first reported on Tuesday (July 31) had grown to some 11-thousand acres by Wednesday (August 1), according to local NBC broadcaster KGW.
More than 50 homes were threatened by the blaze and some evacuation orders were issued by authorities, local media reported. It is estimated to be 30 percent contained.
Further south in California, more of the tens of thousands who fled a deadly wildfire were awaiting permission to return to their homes as firefighters gained more control of the sixth most destructive blaze in state history.
The fire in California has killed six people, including two firefighters, since gale-force winds whipped it into a flaming cyclone that jumped a river and roared with little warning into Redding and adjacent communities in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region on the night of July 26. — Reuters
The Philippine Embassy in the United States has warned Filipinos in Washington D.C. to avoid areas with massive protests to ensure their safety.
Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel Romualdez reminded Filipinos residing in the U.S. capital and other nearby areas to steer clear from protest and remain vigilant until the tension eased.
“Simula ngayon hanggang sa paghupa ng public emergency, pinapayuhan namin ang mga Pilipino, iyong mga nakatira, nagta-trabaho, pumupunta sa Washington D.C. at mga kalapit na lugar na palaging mag-ingat at maging mapagmasid sa kanilang paligid (From now until the public emergency has subsided, we advise Filipinos residing, working, or visiting Washington D.C. and nearby areas to be careful and be alert of their surroundings),“ he said.
“Iwasan din ang mga lugar kung saan may kilos-protesta at malaking pagtitipon at sumunod sa mga emergency measure na ipinatutupad ng mga otoridad (Avoid areas with protests and mass gatherings, as well as, follow emergency measures implemented by authorities),“ he added.
This is after several protestors breached the US Capitol in a bid to stop Congress from officially declaring Joe Biden’s victory over former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Malacañang already instructed the PH Embassy in the U.S. to continue monitoring the situation especially if there is a Filipino that is injured or affected by possible violence during one of the protests. —AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday (September 14) confirmed that no Filipinos have so far been reported affected by the recent forest fire incidents across the West Coast in the United States.
The DFA wishes to refer the public to the advisories released by Philippine foreign service posts with jurisdiction over affected areas for up-to-date information and necessary assistance.
Specifically, these offices are the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco.
Local authorities are still struggling to control the raging wildfires in California, Oregon, Washington State and other areas in the West Coast.
The situation is made worse by varying wind directions and very low humidity.
The raging wildfires across California, Oregon and Washington have already charred millions of acres of land and killed more than 30 people so far.
Authorities fear the death toll will increase as dozens more remain unaccounted for.
Over 2,000 people rallied at the Washington state capitol on Sunday (April 19) to protest Democratic Governor Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order to limit the spread of coronavirus, defying a ban on gatherings of 50 or more people.
Despite pleas from rally organizers to wear face coverings or masks, many did not.
Police estimated the crowd at 2,500, making it one of the largest protests in U.S. states against lockdowns over the past week. In Olympia, hundreds gathered in close quarters on the steps of the capitol building and around a fountain, contravening state and federal health guidelines during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Protesters drove vehicles to the state capitol, honking horns and clogging streets.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday (April 17) tweeted implying support for similar protests in Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia to “liberate” them from social distancing rules.
Washington state had the nation’s first confirmed coronavirus case in late January and the first deadly cluster at a nursing home outside Seattle.(Reuters)
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