2020-09-12 05:36:05 UTC
Karma bitches! You wanted fire and riots? You anarchists get the wrath
Today, I issued a City of Portland Emergency Order due to the extreme
wildfire conditions threatening lives and property, including wildfire
threats to the City of Portland and the greater Portland Metropolitan
area. Please stay informed and stay safe. https://t.co/D8JAQQmxWf
Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) September 11, 2020
While scores of wildfires have erupted over the past weeks in Oregon, two
of the largest, the Beachie Creek and Riverside fires, appeared about to
merge, forcing the evacuation of portions of Clackamas and Marion
counties. Those two counties, which neighbor Portland to the south, have a
combined population of nearly 1.4 million.
We have never seen this amount of uncontained fire across our state,
Gov. Kate Brown said at a press conference Friday.
So far, over 306,000 acres have burned in Oregon this year, which has also
seen record fire damage in Washington and California.
The scale of the devastation in Oregon is staggering, displacing 1 out of
every 10 residents in the state and so far taking the lives of at least 15
Its incredibly smoky in Bend, local resident Michael Omar told Yahoo
News. Approximately 500,000 people [are] evacuating on the other side of
the [Cascade] Mountains. Its like a smoky fog you can see down the
street, but the light is a dim orange.
As in neighboring states, the massive amounts of smoke produced by the
fires mean that even those residents spared the need to evacuate are
suffering from an unhealthy air quality in which toxic ash and smoke coat
Portlands air quality deteriorated over the past day, making it less safe
to breathe than in any other city on the planet.