The primary effects of William Barr's eyebrow-raising designation of Seattle, Portland, and New York City as "anarchist jurisdictions" will, for now, be political.
Loren Culp, the Republican challenging Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, appears to echo right-wing conspiracists rather than official data.
President Donald Trump and Democratic governors are clashing over the role of climate change in the wildfires ravaging the West Coast.
The president is headed to McClellan Park, a former air base just outside Sacramento, California on Monday.
Warnings of low moisture and strong winds threaten to fan flames after cooler conditions offered a brief reprieve.
Officials have said the number of fatalities from blazes in California, Oregon and Washington is likely to rise.
The death toll from the fires in California, Oregon and Washington stood at 31 and was expected to rise sharply.
As deadly wildfires continue to ravage the West Coast, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco have also recorded some of the world's worst air pollution.
About 40,000 residents had to flee due to the wildfires statewide
As dozens of wildfires tear through California, Oregon and Washington, the death toll continues to climb.