Authorities said three people were killed in a wildfire in California that displaced thousands from their homes.
The sheriff of Butte County, northeast San Francisco, said two people were found dead in one location and a third in another location.
One of the three was a driver who appeared to be trying to escape the bear fire, police told local media.
States in the Pacific Northwest are currently fighting record-breaking forest fires.
- Smoke from forest fires in California turns the sky orange
The recent deaths mean that at least 11 people have been killed in fires in the state since last month. That year, more than 2.3 million acres were burned in the state.
California Highway Patrol Officer Ben Draper told the East Bay Times that one of the deaths discovered on Wednesday was someone who appeared to have tried to escape from wildfire.
He said investigators believe the unidentified driver escaped from his car after heading towards a ditch before being overwhelmed by smoke and flames.
“Somebody just tried to escape and it just didn’t work,” he said.
Where else do forest fires burn?
Fires are also burning in northwestern Washington state and neighboring Oregon, which is unusual due to the region’s cool, humid climate.
Two deaths in Oregon were attributed to the wildfires and one in Washington state.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a news conference on Wednesday, “This could be the greatest loss of life and property from wildfire in our state’s history.”
An Oregon evacuate Jody Evans told NewsChannel 21 about her ordeal.
“Fire on both sides, wind blowing, ashes flying – it was like going through hell,” she said.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday that more than double the acreage had been set on fire in the past 24 hours than was burned in his state in all of last year.
Forest fires are raging in nine other western states, according to the National Fire Information Center.