US wildfires: California blaze grows to largest in state history – live

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The Oregon wildfires have wreaked havoc on the state’s incarcerated population, with thousands now packed into a single overcrowded prison that was already a major Covid-19 hotspot.

I interviewed families and attorneys about the crisis after three prisons were evacuated and transferred to an already packed prison that has had one of the worst Covid outbreaks in the state’s correctional system. Some details of what I heard:

Related: Oregon fires: evacuated prisoners sleep on floor in packed Covid-19 hotspot

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A helpful reminder from my colleague Maanvi Singh that while the skies in northern California look significantly less apocalyptic today, the air quality is much worse.

The sky looked far scarier yesterday – but the air quality today is much worse, leaving those with asthma and other conditions who are already at risk for complications from Covid-19 doubly vulnerable.

Related: What is California’s wildfire smoke doing to our health? Scientists paint a bleak picture

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