Three people have been confirmed dead in the unprecedented wildfires across California, while five small towns in Oregon suffered the latest brunt on Wednesday. The governor has said the death toll might increase.

All three fatalities were reported from northern California, where lightning sparked fire. As many as two dozen major blazes wreaked havoc across the US state.

The weather too assisted wildfires as 50 miles per hour wind sent the flames across tens of miles inside a few hours. Hundreds of homes caught fires and firefighters tried to contain 35 blazes in Oregon. It is nearly double of the land area of New York City.

Oregon communities like Detroit in Santiam Valley, Blue River, Vida in Lane County and southern Oregon’s Phoenix and Talentare are the five towns destroyed in the wildfires.

“This could be the greatest loss in human lives and property due to wildfire in our states history,” Governor Kate Brown said as quoted by Reuters.

Referring to the windy conditions, Brown said as quoted by Oregon Live: “Everyone must be on high alert. The next several days are going to be extremely difficult. Our No. 1 priority right now is saving lives. If you are asked to evacuate, do so immediately.”

The massive plumes of smoke generated by the wildfires raging across California have led to the longest stretch of unhealthy air quality alerts on record in the Bay Area.