Dozens of people are missing in Oregon as two large fires threaten to merge and hundreds of thousands are ordered
The western US is reeling from a devastating wildfires season that has destroyed more than 2.6 million acres in California
alone, killed at least 24 people, and given the area the world’s worst air quality.
Dozens of people are missing and tens of thousands have been forced to flee their homes after wildfires ripped through Oregon.
Authorities in the western US state are ‘preparing for a mass fatality event’ as two large blazes threatened to merge in a
heavily-populated area near Portland.
About have been evacuated from their homes as hundreds of firefighters battled to contain an inferno
that has so far burnt through 1,500 square miles – more than two times the size of London.
Governor Kate Brown said there were dozens of missing people in Jackson and Marion counties.
Some 500,000 people – more than 10% of Oregon’s 4.4 million population – have been ordered to evacuate and hundreds
of thousands more are under yellow “Be Set” warnings.
Firefighters have been helped by extra humidity and winds which changed direction over the last day as they tried to stop
the fires threatening more populated areas.
The evacuation order came as some residents expressed a reluctance to leave after reports of looting.