Firefighters are making progress in the fight against a wildfire that has begun to destroy thousands of acres of land in western Oregon. Several fires have reached the state and prompted evacuations, and firefighters have had to make some tough decisions about the future of Willamette National Forest as wildfires have begun to consume hundreds of miles of forest in western Oregon and parts of Washington state. Extreme fire activity, fueled by high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity, has occurred in several fires in and around the Willamettes National Forest in the past night, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.
At least 36 active fires are burning, according to the state's Disaster Management Office, and thousands of buildings have been destroyed. Dozens of people are missing and one person has been reported dead as firefighters tried to bring more than three dozen wildfires under control in the states.
Oregon's fire department is also dealing with the Beachie Creek Fire, which is burning in the Willamette Valley north of Portland, about 30 miles south of Salem. Authorities downplayed the likelihood that the two fires could merge, the Oregon Department of Forestry and Natural Resources said.
He said increased winds in central and southern Oregon could push the fire eastward, but expected rainfall in the coming days could bring some relief. If they merge, Oregon Department of Forestry and Natural Resources spokesman Doug Schulz said, "We expect a lot of smoke and smoke from the Beachie Creek Fire and the Willamette Valley Fire.
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The fire burned in extremely hot and windy weather, which prompted the Oregon City Fire Department to build Pro-Bono Station 17 in 2004. The station opened after Clackamas Fire District 1 was connected to the Oregon City Fire Department. Firefighters were called to fires in other states Oregon, California and Colorado, which were calling for firefighters, engines, helicopters and tankers. Oregon is currently in a state of emergency and the firefighting infrastructure available has fallen far short of expectations.
Fire damage technicians provide fire recovery services for the area, and 911 in Portland is dealing with fire damage, according to a news release.
As part of the Oregon Fire Department, the city of Oregon provides three modern fire stations equipped with high-quality fire equipment.
Around 16,600 firefighters were deployed, with around 2,500 of them at the forefront of the reported forest fires. The fire is the second-largest wildfire in Oregon this year and the third-largest in the state, though it is far less than the wildfires in California, Washington, Idaho, California and Washington state. No structural damage has been reported in southern Oregon, where the Almeda Drive Fire has ravaged the communities of Phoenix and Talent, but the fire has destroyed hundreds of homes and spread to Ashland. The Oregon Department of Forestry estimates that up to 1,000 acres have burned and several buildings have been destroyed.
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The Yacolt burn is not the only in a series of fires raging in the eastern part of the state of Oregon and the western United States. The Echo Mountain Fire is driven by the same hot easterly winds that have wreaked so much havoc in other parts of Oregon, but the cause is still unknown. The situation is compounded by a second fire, which is said to be the result of arson, and damage to homes and businesses in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming. This is the same substance that firefighters and forest services use to fight, control and prevent the spread of forest fires and wildfires.
The Beachie Creek Fire is managed as a night-time wind event under a unified command, and the focus has shifted to salvaging and preserving life and property. By Tuesday, 4% had been contained and 4.5% contained, but anyone who has a fire - damaged or destroyed - can claim a property tax break.