- The Oregon towns of Detroit, Blue River, Vida, Phoenix, and Talent have been “substantially destroyed” by wildfire, Gov. Kate Brown said at a news conference on Wednesday.
- “Over the last 24 hours, Oregon has experienced unprecedented fire with significant damage,” Brown said, as reported by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
- The governor is requesting federal assistance to fight some 35 fires that are raging across the state, scorching over 300,000 acres.
- The local television station KOIN reported that two people were confirmed dead.
- “This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history,” Brown said.
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Five towns across Oregon have been “substantially destroyed” by wildfires, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday, requesting federal assistance to fight nearly three dozen fires raging across the state that have killed at least two people and scorched over 300,000 acres.
“This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history,” Brown said at a news conference, as reported by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
The Oregon television station KOIN reported Wednesday afternoon that it had confirmed the first fatalities from the wildfires: a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother, who were killed by a fire southwest of Portland.
#BreakingNews KOIN 6 News has learned 2 people have died in the Lionshead Fire in Marion County. As our @LindsayNadrich reports, the family tells us a 12 year old boy & a grandma are the first confirmed fatalities of this horrible #OregonWildfire outbreak. Heartbreaking.
— Dan Tilkin (@DanTilkinKOIN6) September 9, 2020
Brown told reporters that wildfires â€” there are 35 of them in Oregon alone â€” had largely destroyed the towns of Detroit, Blue River, Vida, Phoenix, and Talent.
“Hundreds of homes have been lost, and we continue to carry out mass evacuations across the state,” Brown said in her prepared remarks, adding that she expected to “see a great deal of loss, both in structures and human lives.”
The governor attributed the fires, in the generally cool and moist Pacific Northwest, to “the worst fire conditions in three decades: dry air, dry brush, and hot winds.”
“Our number one priority right now is saving lives,” she said.
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