In just a few weeks, the wildfires across Oregon have devastated more than a million acres.
A report from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management says more than 2,200 residences have been destroyed, and more than 1,500 non-residential structures have burned.
OEM also confirmed that nine Oregonians have lost their lives due to the fire. Five people are reported missing, and more than 2,500 Oregonians are currently being sheltered, according to the Red Cross.
Today’s (9/21) Wildfire Response & Recovery Update for #OregonFires2020:
Confirmed fatalities: 9
People registered for @FEMA aid: 3,397
Have you applied for @FEMARegion10 aid? Please see update for important info at https://t.co/SP9ZRtJPOl pic.twitter.com/eW5EakULpy
— OregonOEM (@OregonOEM) September 21, 2020
As of Tuesday morning, there are currently 10 living wildfires in the state of Oregon — down from more than 30 just a week ago — and now that the emergency management teams are able to focus on containment, we’ve got a snapshot of the impact that the wildfires have had.
An update from the Oregon Department of Forestry says the teams are containing the remaining 10 fires. Shared by Oregon Governor Kate Brown this afternoon, this graphic shows that the best situations in Oregon are the 242 Fire at 89% contained, while the worst state of the fires is Lionshead at just 13%.
Thank you to Oregon’s firefighters and National Guard members, who are still working tirelessly to contain fires around the state. I spoke with Doug Grafe today, @ORDeptForestry Chief of Fire Protection, who shared today’s updates. We’re making great progress. pic.twitter.com/BUECaS0EVe
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) September 22, 2020