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2020 Oregon Wildfire Recap: 9 Deaths, 1.2 Million Acres Burned, 4K Homes Destroyed, 25K Claims Filed

Gates, Ore. - September 30 2020 - The Oak Park Motel was completely destroyed after a wildfire spead through the town of Gates Oregon. - Jeff Markham / FEMA

PORTLAND, Ore. — FEMA reports more than 25,000 claims have been filed by homeowners affected by Oregon’s historic 2020 wildfire season with over $30 million in assistance granted.  The fires killed nine people and one person has still not been found.  More than 4,000 homes were destroyed along with at least 1,400 other structures.

A home destroyed by the Riverside Fire in Estacada

The Red Cross is still sheltering more than 1,000 people months later.

A Red Cross worker takes details from newly arrived evacuees at the parking lot of the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

There were more than 2,000 fires on state lands this year.  At least six burned more than 100,000 acres.  More than 1.2 million acres burned across Oregon this year, doubling the 10-year average of approximately 557,000 acres.  The fire season far surpasses 1933, the year of the first Tillamook Burn.  Fires on lands protected by ODF burned over 13 times the yearly average.

More than 7,500 personnel were assigned to the fires after Labor Day with resources from 39 states and multiple Canadian provinces.  Approximately 1,000 members of the Oregon National Guard supported firefighting efforts with aviation and ground crews.

Photo Gallery: Pacific NW Wildfires

Governor Kate Brown toured the devastation from the Riverside, Dowty Road, and Unger fires in Clackamas County on September 28th.  She said: “It’s hard to believe the magnitude of impact these fires have had on Clackamas County, and I know for many who live here the destruction is unfathomable.  As I continue to visit communities around the state that have been hard hit by these wildfires, my commitment strengthens—to secure the resources necessary to help rebuild an even stronger Oregon.”

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Governor Brown provided an update on the wildfires on September 23rd.

The Governor visited areas damaged by the Almeda Fire in Southern Oregon on September 21st.  The fire burned 3,200 acres, devastating the towns of Phoenix and Talent.


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