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Death Toll Now At 10 From Oregon Fires

Marion County Sheriff's Department

The death toll from a series of wildfires around the state is now at ten.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday she expects that number to rise.

While the wind that drove the rapid growth of the fires last week has subsided, Brown said Oregon is still a long way from recovery. “The smoke blanketing the state is a constant reminder that this tragedy has not yet come to an end,” she said.

Forecasters say it could be Thursday before most Oregonians notice a significant improvement in air quality. Until then, public health officials are warning residents to stay inside as much as possible. 

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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