Photos: Oregonians endure devastation left by fires

Wildfires

Nearly 1M acres burn across Oregon, hundreds of thousands evacuate

ASHLAND, OR – SEPTEMBER 11: Sandy Casso stands in the rubble of her burnt home in a mobile home park on September 11, 2020 in Ashland, Oregon. Hundreds of homes in Ashland and nearby towns have been lost due to wildfire. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP/KOIN) — A change in the weather — with winds easing and humidity rising — have helped firefighters battling massive blazes in Oregon that have taken a deadly toll from one end of the state to the other.

Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that dozens of people were still missing and tens of thousands had been forced to flee their homes.

The state’s emergency management director, Andrew Phelps, said officials are “preparing for a mass fatality event” and thousands of structures have been destroyed.

Oregon officials haven’t released an exact death count but at least eight fatalities have been reported.

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