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Oregon Fire Map, Update as Nearly 1 Million Acres Burned and 6 Accused of Arson

Newsweek logo Newsweek 9/21/2020 Sophia Waterfield
a person sitting on top of a dirt field: Fire retardant covers a statue of the Buddha near a burned home September 16, 2020 in Talent, Oregon. Nearly 1 million acres of land in Oregon has been burned by wildfires, according to the State of Oregon fire and hotspots dashboard. © Nathan Howard/Getty Images Fire retardant covers a statue of the Buddha near a burned home September 16, 2020 in Talent, Oregon. Nearly 1 million acres of land in Oregon has been burned by wildfires, according to the State of Oregon fire and hotspots dashboard.

As fires continue to burn across Oregon, six people from the state have been accused of arson.

At least six men from Oregon are accused of "intentionally setting blazes" during the wildfire season.

None of the men seem to have been motivated by politics and do not have links with left or right-wing groups, according to police and court records seen by The Oregonian.

The paper reports that one of the suspected arsonists is accused of damaging more than 12 homes and endangering people's lives. The man, from southern Oregon, has a history of methamphetamine use, says the publication. Another suspect from Lane County is accused of causing hundreds of acres to burn near a quiet timber town.

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The other four suspects' records show a history of drug addiction, homelessness and mental illness. They started smaller fires that were quickly extinguished, the paper reports.

Federal funds available for wildfire victims

As nearly 1 million acres of land burns, victims of the fires in Oregon are being advised they could be entitled to disaster aid.

According to the State of Oregon website, residents of the state who have sustained uninsured losses or damage due to the wildfires, beginning September 7, could be eligible for aid. "Federal funds are available to help eligible individuals recover from wildfire in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion Counties," the website says.

The state government's daily update says that 2,685 people have been sheltered from the fires. The daily update reports that 2,267 residences have been destroyed by the wildfires as well as 1,556 other structures.

If you have been affected by the Oregon wildfires, applications for aid can be made by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Readers can also find more information on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) information or apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

Nine confirmed dead, 11 fires still active

Firefighters continue to work to contain fires across the state as at least nine people are confirmed dead. The latest updates on the fires can be found below—information provided by the State of Oregon unless otherwise stated.

Lionshead

This wildfire has burned through 198,762.79 acres. It is 13 percent contained. There are no reported fatalities associated with this fire, however seven people are reportedly injured.

Over 260 residences have been destroyed by the wildfire, alongside 16 other structures.

Beachie Creek

Now 38 percent contained, this wildfire has resulted in the deaths of four people and injured another four. Burning through 192,012 acres, 470 residences and 818 other structures have been destroyed by the blaze.

Holiday Farm

Resulting in one death and three injuries, this wildfire is burning through 170,717 acres. Firefighters have worked to contain the fire, currently at 14 percent.

So far, 431 residences have been destroyed as well as 337 other structures.

Riverside

Currently 25 percent contained, this wildfire has burned through 137,925 acres. No fatalities have been reported, however three people have been injured. Over 50 residences have been destroyed by the blaze as well as 186 other structures.

Archie Creek

Resulting in one death, this wildfire is currently burning through 130,554 acres. Firefighters currently have the fire 41 percent contained. Only two structures have been destroyed by the blaze, however 111 residences have been engulfed.

Brattain

Over half of this wildfire is now contained (52 percent), which has burned through 50,438 acres. Only one residence has been destroyed.

S. Obenchain

Now 65 percent contained, this wildfire has resulted in 33 residences being destroyed. Burning through 32,833 acres is has also ravaged 56 other structures.

Two Four Two

This wildfire is now 77 percent contained. It has burned through 19,283 acres and resulted in one injury.

Eight residents and 40 other structures have been destroyed by the blaze.

White River

Now 85 percent contained, this wildfire has burned through 17,442 acres of land. Sadly, one fatality has been reported by the State of Oregon as well as another two injuries.

Only one structure has been destroyed.

Other fires

  • Thielsen: Nearing 10,000 acres, this wildfire is now 22 percent contained.
  • Echo Mtn. Complex: This fire is burning through 2,435 acres of land and is 90 percent contained. There is one reported injury related to the wildfire and 293 residences destroyed.

For more information and resources, visit the State of Oregon website.

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