18 Sep, 2020 04:45 am

Wet weather coming to Oregon could help fight wildfires, but brings risk of flooding

Forecasts of rain in the Pacific Northwest raised hopes that firefighters could control some of the wildfires raging in Oregon Thursday.

FOX News p At least 34 people were killed in the Western wildfires; Christina Coleman reports on the latest.CLICK HERE FOR MORE WEATHER COVERAGE FROM FOX NEWS Rainfall will change the atmosphere, pushing smoke-free air from above 3,500 feet downward to dilute the smoke, NWS meteorologist David Bishop told the outlet.CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP In California, which is still experiencing a drought, authorities said there were at least 26 major wildfires burning Thursday, with more than 17,000 firefighters battling them and more than 100 aircraft involved in the effort.Fox News' Christina Coleman contributed to this report.

But rain also carries the risk of flash flooding in areas that have burned, according to the National Weather Service.WESTERN WILDFIRES RAGE AS CRIMINALS, LOOTERS HINDER FIREFIGHTING EFFORTS Glide and a stretch of Highway 138 near the Archie Creek Fire near Diamond Lake also could be vulnerable to debris washed down from steep, burned-out areas, according to the weather service.

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