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.