LOS ANGELES: Around half a million people in Oregon evacuated as dozens of extreme, wind-driven wildfires scorched US West Coast states on Friday (Sep 11), destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 16 people, state and local authorities said. In southern Oregon, an apocalyptic scene of burned residential subdivisions and trailer parks stretched for miles along Highway 99 south of Medford through Phoenix and Talent, one of the worst hit areas, according to a Reuters photographer at the scene. Blazes jumped from wildfires burning through scrub and forest to suburban firestorms as flames jumped from house to house. Online video from the Tacoma, Washington, area showed fires starting in a residential area and setting homes ablaze, and locals running from house to house to warn neighbors. “Everybody out, everybody out,” a man screamed as firefighters tried to douse flames. READ: Scores of wildfires scorch US West Coast, killing at least nine Since Monday, 11 people have died from fires in California, while four were killed in Oregon and a 1-year-old boy died in Washington state, police reported. In Oregon alone the number of people under evacuation orders climbed to some 500,000 – about an eighth of the state’s total population -… Read full this story
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