Photos: Wildfires wreak havoc throughout Oregon

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Wildfires, high winds, power outages from September 8, 2020

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — Powerful winds with even stronger gusts continued Tuesday morning across the Willamette Valley, knocking down trees and power lines, and fanning the flames of numerous fires.

Approximately 115,000 customers of the major Oregon power companies had their power go out Monday night. As of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, that number was still close to 90,000. A couple thousand Clark County residents were also without power.

The high wind warning expired at 1 p.m. Tuesday, but the region will remain breezy for the next couple of days and a Red Flag Warning for increased fire danger continues through Wednesday.

Many communities are enduring evacuation orders, including in Marion County’s Santiam Canyon and in the area around Hagg Lake in Washington County.

Jim Giordano captured video of crickets chirping at 11:00 a.m. in Turner. The video, which he said shows up brighter than the natural eye, shows an eerily orange sky and dim backyard.

“It’s 11 o’clock in the morning and the crickets are chirping ’cause they think it’s nighttime, because of all the smoke in and around Turner right now,” Giordano remarks as he records the scene.

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