In the U.S., at least half a million people in the state of Oregon have been evacuated from the rampant wildfires, state officials say.

The west coast of the United States is being tormented by very devastating fires.

At least eight people had been confirmed dead in fires in three coastal states in California, Oregon and Washington.

The number of deaths was believed to increase further, as it was not possible to reach many areas due to the fires.

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Burnt terrain in Gates, Oregon.Photo: Kathryn Elsesser / AFP / Magazine