West Coast wildfires continue to rage — but rain could help Oregon, Washington

Historic wildfires continued to rage across millions of acres of the West Coast Wednesday — wiping out critical populations of endangered species as more than 34 people were reported dead, authorities said.

Forecasters predicted that rain in Oregon and Washington state starting Thursday will help firefighters battle blazes that have displaced thousands and forced much of the region to breath hazardous air, according to CNN.

California, however, is expected to “remain dry and ripe for wildfires” — offering little hope of quelling the fires anytime soon, Cal Fire said.

Red flag warnings — which caution of extreme fire danger — were still in place from northern California into Southern Oregon, where air quality conditions were improving Wednesday.

Meanwhile, smoke from the infernos had wafted as far as Europe with the dense haze spreading to parts of the UK.

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A firefighter battles the Creek Fire in California.AP Photo/Noah Berger,File

“The fact that these fires are emitting so much pollution into the atmosphere that we can still see thick smoke over [5,000 miles] away reflects just how devastating they have been in their magnitude and duration,” said Mark Parrington of the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.

Firefighters have been battling wildfires, which have scorched nearly 5 million acres, in the West for weeks.

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