States Are in Desperate Search for Help Battling Record Wildfires

MOLALLA, Ore. — As wildfires began consuming communities across Oregon this week, leaders at the state emergency management office fired off an email to counterparts around the country, pleading for 10 firefighting strike teams that could bring 50 extra engines to the region.

The state got one commitment: Utah would send a team with five engines.

Facing a historic year of wildfire destruction across the West Coast, including more than three million acres consumed in California, the national…

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