Half of wildfires in Oregon could burn into the winter, fire officials said

Half of wildfires in Oregon could burn into the winter, fire officials said


by KATU StaffFriday, September 11th 2020AA

Buildings are engulfed in flames as a wildfire ravages the central Oregon town of Talent near Medford late Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Kevin Jantzer via AP)

3VIEW ALL PHOTOSBuildings are engulfed in flames as a wildfire ravages the central Oregon town of Talent near Medford late Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Kevin Jantzer via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore — Officials said there are 16 wildfires burning in Oregon right now, and eight of those fires may continue to burn into the winter. More than one million acres of land has burned so far, Oregon Governor Kate Brown said.

The governor was joined by fire officials in giving an update on the wildfires burning throughout the state. on Friday, she added that 40,000 Oregonians have been evacuated, and 500,000 are in evacuation zones.

Thousands of structures have been lost, fire officials say. Officials add as they get more information and clarification on missing persons or fatalities, that information will be released. However, that number is likely to change.

“These fires have already resulted in loss of life, thousands of structures have been lost. We know we are dealing with fire-related deaths and we are preparing for a mass-fatality incident based on what we know and the number of structures that have been lost,” said Andrew Phelps, Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.https://creative-p.undertone.com/2075/74140-1588704760/m213-0.htmlADVERTISEMENTSCROLL TO CONTINUE READING

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it’s authorized federal funds to go towards fighting the wildfires tearing through Clackamas County.

Governor Brown said she also spoke with President Trump over the phone Thursday evening,. The president said he will provide any support that is needed.

“I explained to him the situation on the ground was extremely dire,” said Brown. “At that point in time we had roughly 40,000 Oregonians who had been evacuated, the extent of the fire damage. He said, ‘You have all our support, please let us know what you need, and God bless Oregon.'”

Officials said 3,000 crews are battling the fires right now, most of those are from Oregon.

Doug Gaffe, chief of fire protection, said upcoming cooler temperatures and moisture is creating a more favorable forecast for firefighting efforts. However, Gaffe says there is still a “Tremendous workload a head of us.” He said some of the biggest fires won’t go away any time soon.

“To manage expectations, we will see smoke and we will have firefighters on those fires up until the heavy rains of the fall. And that;s simply the reality of having that much fire on the landscape,” said Graffe.

Officials said it’s “critically important” they quickly get a handle on the smaller fires around the state.

The forecast is calling for a fourth of an inch to an inch of rain west of the cascades.

Gaffe says smoke inversion is still a factor, which makes it hard for planes to help with firefighting efforts at this time.

Recovery will likely take years, officials said, referencing similarities to the damage caused by the Paradise Fire down in California.

Lastly, officials are asking for people to stay out of the fire zone area, and to continue to listen to updates on evacuation zone changes.MORE TO EXPLOREWhere are the wildfires and evacuations in Oregon? INTERACTIVE MAP‘Evacuate now:’ Wildfires grow in Oregon as 500,000 fleeStunned residents tour Oregon town devastated by wildfiresSPONSORED CONTENTBorn Billionaires: She is Set to Inherit One of the Biggest Brands in Americainvesting.comAll Senior Drivers Should Claim This Large Reward (Check If You Qualify)Comparisons.orgHow To Make Pet Urine And Other Bad Odors DisappearAirjoi  by Taboola Sponsored Links 

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