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In Oregon Nearly 2,000 Homes Currently Threatened By Wildfires


Gusty winds and heat are challenging crews fighting fires in the northwest. More than 327-thousand acres are burning in Oregon. And nearly 2-thousand homes are threatened. The Canyon Creek Complex Fire near John Day in eastern Oregon has destroyed 36 homes.

There is a red flag warning in effect for much of Oregon. Gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidity increase fire activity. Jennifer Myslivy is with Canyon Creek Fire public information. She says the deaths of three people yesterday working a fire in Washington are a huge blow to firefighting crews in the region.

Myslivy: "We take that very seriously. We talked about it in our briefing this morning. We have a thing called 6 minutes for safety. Taking those first 6 minutes before you head out on a fire line. Thinking before you take that step, knowing that you want to come home."

More evacuations have been put in place for areas around the Canyon Creek Fire.  In Douglas County, more residents have been put on notice to leave their homes if conditions worsen on the Stouts Creek Fire. Governor Kate Brown has called in the National Guard to help fight wildfires in Oregon.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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