Wildfire smoke can trigger a wide arrange of symptoms in humans, many of which are eerily similar to ones most commonly associated with COVID-19.
Cruz comment came in response to a "Daily Show" comedic monologue about how gender reveal parties are outdated and dangerous.
The wind-driven wildfire has nearly leveled both sides of Highway 162, which runs through Berry Creek, a town of about 1,200 people.
More than half of the nearly 5.2 million acres burned by fires across the U.S. were reported to be in California.
Governor Kate Brown told reporters that she had requested trained firefighters from the Department of Defense.
Portland faces hazardous air quality conditions while visibility is less than a mile in some areas.
Parts of California are experiencing hazardous air quality as a result of the smoke produced by the numerous wildfires.
More than 26,000 firefighters and other support staff are battling at least 102 "active large fires" across 12 states.
The cities are all in Clackamas County just southeast of Multnomah County, the county containing Portland.
The CH-47 Chinook helicopters were deployed to Afghanistan in May and remain overseas, according to the Oregon Military Department.
At least 35,000 structures are currently at risk and approximately 600 have already burned, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the Almeda Glendower Fire continues to grow in Jackson County, Oregon.
Smoke from the ongoing wildfires across the West Coast has traveled across the country and was recently spotted at high altitudes over Ohio.
The state reported .3 inches of snow on Tuesday, making it the "the earliest accumulating snow ever observed in over 130 years of records!" according to the the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University. Up to 14 inches fell in the Fort Collins area.
Some reports have stated that a seventh victim died in a fire in Marion County, Oregon, but the county sheriff's office only confirmed the death of a 12-year-old boy.
In past years, many of the state's deadliest and most destructive blazes have tended to come in the fall.
Firefighters continue to battle 28 major fires acros the state, with the Creek, Bobcat, Slater and Willow fires reported to be zero percent contained.
"It's almost a complete disaster," said Chris Luz, the mayor of Phoenix, Oregon.
The afternoon skies were bright orange in San Francisco on Wednesday as nearby wildfires continue to blaze across the state.
Nearly 14,000 firefighters are battling 25 major wildfires, three of which have been zero percent contained, as of Tuesday evening.
Eight U.S. National Forests in California have been temporarily closed, while restrictions were announced for several others due to the threat of ongoing fires.
Gavin Newsom shared an update on the state's wildfires Tuesday, noting that 20 times more acres have burned so far in 2020 than during the same period last year.
In a press release sent to Newsweek via email, the Whitman County Sheriff's Office wrote that "Within hours, many of the homes in Malden and the nearby town of Pine City were on fire or completely destroyed."
Remember the 2017 wildfire in Arizona that scorched 47,000 acres after one couple discovered they were having a boy?
Over 14,100 firefighters were reported to be battling 24 large wildfires across California, as of Monday evening.
The state of Oregon continues to be ravaged by wildfires.
One person has died due to a medical issue amid the ongoing fire but there may be more casualties, the Fresno Fire Department warned.
Several large new fires broke out across California over the weekend.
The police officer was seen helping to load a suitcase into a resident's vehicle before warning others to evacuate.
The latest blazes, including the Creek Fire, Valley Fire and El Dorado Fire, have collectively burned tens of thousands of acres, while thousands of residents have been evacuated.
The fires raging across the state this weekend were also accompanied by extreme heat, with records tumbling in several locations.