Oregon wildfires still rage, but Red Cross, Salvation Army see signs of hope

At least 29 wildfires continue raging across Oregon, destroying over 1,100 homes and nearly 600 other structures.

But with the first drops of rain Tuesday came hope that firefighters can start controlling the inferno.

“Crews are making progress. Where I am stationed right now, we had our first drops of rain in Clackamas County, making us able to feel the hope grow at the evacuation site at Clackamas Town Center in Happy Valley, Oregon,” said Daniel Henderson, commander of the Salvation Army's wildfire response in Oregonn.

Gov. Kate Brown has called the rampaging wildfires “unprecedented” and said ominously last week, “This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history.”

Approximately 1 million acres, or over 1,500 square miles, have burned across the state, killing at least eight people. At least 16 others were missing.

Dale Kunce, CEO of the American Red Cross Cascades Region in Medford, Ore., said the fire threat was far from over, despite slight improvement in some areas.

“In Oregon, new evacuations were ordered in many locations across the state as the fires grew. Many of the fires are still uncontained...,” Kunce said. “Gusty winds are expected to return in the affected areas and dense smoke will continue to affect large parts of the West.” 

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The largest wildfires in Oregon have been Beachie Creek, which was 20% contained; Lionshead, 10% contained; Holiday Farm, 8% contained; and Archie Creek, 20% contained. These and other blazes have forced an estimated 40,000 Oregonians to flee their homes. More than 400,000 Oregonians have been under some stage of evacuation orders.

Raw video: Residents forced to leave their homes in Lincoln, Oregon due to raging wildfires.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross are working to mobilize relief efforts across the state, striving to ensure that displaced people have a place to stay, food and comfort.

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“We are serving meals to evacuees in 10 counties covering Oregon,” Henderson said. “In a week, we have served over 11,000 meals to evacuees. We have also started providing meals for 75 firefighters twice a day in Lane County.”

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In Oregon, more than 3,170 people have stayed in emergency lodging provided by the Red Cross and its partners.

“I am humbled and amazed at the character of the people of Oregon,” Henderson said. “The generosity of people giving to those in need, the quiet heroism of ordinary citizens getting their families out of harm’s way, then going back in as volunteer firefighters – it is wonderful to see the American spirit strong in our people.”

The National Weather Service expected hazardous air quality through Thursday but projected gradual improvement starting Friday.



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