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In Oregon Nearly 2,000 Homes Currently Threatened By Wildfires

Tanker drops on Canyon Creek Fire
Tanker drops on Canyon Creek Fire

Gusty winds and heat are challenging crews fighting fires in the northwest. More than 327-thousand acres are burning in Oregon. And nearly 2-thousand homes are threatened. The Canyon Creek Complex Fire near John Day in eastern Oregon has destroyed 36 homes.

Tanker drops on Canyon Creek Fire
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Tanker drops on Canyon Creek Fire

There is a red flag warning in effect for much of Oregon. Gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidity increase fire activity. Jennifer Myslivy is with Canyon Creek Fire public information. She says the deaths of three people yesterday working a fire in Washington are a huge blow to firefighting crews in the region.

Myslivy: "We take that very seriously. We talked about it in our briefing this morning. We have a thing called 6 minutes for safety. Taking those first 6 minutes before you head out on a fire line. Thinking before you take that step, knowing that you want to come home."

More evacuations have been put in place for areas around the Canyon Creek Fire.  In Douglas County, more residents have been put on notice to leave their homes if conditions worsen on the Stouts Creek Fire. Governor Kate Brown has called in the National Guard to help fight wildfires in Oregon.

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Rachael McDonald is News Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.