Whole towns of Talent and Phoenix are almost all destroyed…burned to the ground with not much still standing…minutes. away from us in Jacksonville, Oregon. Wildfires are burning out of control all around. We are in a red evacuation alert. But so far OK. Electricity and water back on. Hotels filled so people sleeping In their cars In parking lots everywhere including in a parking lot next to our yard in front of a veterinarian office…people who have already evacuated their homes. Over a half-million Oregonians, 600,000 to start, have already had to evacuate from their homes. Can’t fit much into our little Kia but we are in an evacuation zone hoping we won't have to leave. We’re in dense smoke with hazardous particles in bad air, so I can’t go outside. Horrifying. Places look like war zones. Why would anybody want to put weapons over all our heads? Militaries need to help all the disaster areas. Jon and I are in a red alert evacuation zone...hoping we'll be OK.Thanks for all you are doing.Love Carol.
Here is the latest info from Oregon.SALEM, Ore. Authorities in Oregon now say more than 500,000 people statewide have been forced to evacuate because of wildfires. The latest figures today come from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. That's over 10% of the state's 4.2 million population. More than 1,400 square miles have burned this week in the state. Authorities say the wildfire activity was particularly acute this afternoon in northwestern Oregon as hot, windy conditions continued. At a news conference today, Gov. Kate Brown said there have been fatalities but the exact number is not yet known. There have been at least three reported fire deaths in the state. The Oregon Department of Corrections says it is evacuating a prison out of an abundance of caution as two large wildfires in the area appear to be merging. Authorities said they evacuated more than 1,300 adults in custody at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, which houses mostly women. Those evacuated are being relocated and not released. Wilsonville is about 16 miles south of Portland. Earlier this week, fires triggered evacuations at three other prisons near Oregon's capital city of Salem.
The Cameron Peak fire on Thursday is expected to remain stable as cooler temperatures and precipitation persist over the flames. The fire - the fifth-largest in Colorado's recorded history - is still burning 102,596 acres, or 160 square miles, with 4% containment, fire officials said in a Thursday morning news release. Thursday will be slightly warmer than previous days, with a chance of light snow transitioning to rain showers in the afternoon. Warm and sunny conditions are expected to resume over the weekend, which could resume fire expansion, officials said. The snow has diminished heat in some areas of the fire, though the larger fuels are still smouldering, officials said. Fire crews plan to take advantage of the cooler weather to work on containment and prepare for the drier conditions. Closures from the fire's expansion and subsequent snowfall remain in place, including Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road at Rainbow Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. Old Fall River Road is also closed until further notice, officials said.