Fire-damaged forest is seen in the aftermath of the Riverside fire that ravaged Clackamas County in Estacada, Oregon, the United States [Shannon Stapleton/Reuters]

Oregon’s governor has requested additional federal assistance as the state battles the deadly wildfires sweeping the western United States, and local residents pitched in on Tuesday to help the many people displaced by the blazes.

Dozens of wildfires have burned across some 1.8 million hectares (4.5 million acres) in California, Oregon and Washington state since August, ravaging several small towns, destroying thousands of homes and killing at least three dozen people.

California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said 16,600 firefighters were battling 25 fires on Tuesday in California, the most populous US state, after being able to largely put out

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