Thousands of Oregon residents have been forced to leave their homes in what Gov Kate Brown has called an “unprecedented and significant fire event for our state.”
Brown issued a number of emergency conflagration orders on September 8, saying “people’s homes, lives and land are at risk.”
Among the areas she mentioned was Jackson County, where the Glendower Fire, also referred to as the Alameda Fire, was burning in an area stretching from the city of Ashland, through Talent, and into Medford.
Local resident Drew Cutler captured footage of the fire in Talent when driving from his own home in Ashland to “check on a friend’s house”. After being forced to return home due to road closures, he witnessed an explosion he reckoned was in the vicinity of the Talent Irrigation Building.
As of late on September 8, the fire was at zero percent containment, according to Jackson County Emergency Management.
The Forest Service said on September 8 that there were 20 fires covering more than 467,000 acres burning in Oregon and Washington. Credit: Drew Cutler via Storyful