Oregon and Washington Wildfires May Cause Historic Destruction
Source: Gillian Flaccus and Sara Cline The Associated Press, globalnews.ca, September 12, 2020
Flames trapped firefighters and civilians behind fire lines in Oregon and leveled an entire small town in eastern Washington.
Deadly windblown wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest destroyed hundreds of homes in Oregon, the governor said Wednesday, warning it could be the greatest loss of life and property from wildfire in state history.
The blazes from the top of the state to the California border caused highway closures and smoky skies and had firefighers struggling to contain and douse flames fanned by 50 mph (80 kph) wind gusts. Officials in some western Oregon communities gave residents “go now” orders to evacuate, meaning they had minutes to flee their homes.
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