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Showers bring relief to fire-ravaged Oregon as death toll rises in California

19 Sep 2020

GATES, Ore. Intermittently heavy showers brought some relief to flame-stricken western Oregon on Friday, helping firefighters to further subdue deadly blazes that have ravaged much of the state and choked its air with smoke for the better part of two weeks.

Rain aids effort to control blazes in U.S. West; 1 firefighter dies

18 Sep 2020

MOLALLA, Ore., Sept 18 A California firefighter was reported dead on Friday as a front of humid and rainy weather aided the efforts of weary emergency crews and brought some relief to a region that has suffered a historically devastating fire season.

Firefighters make headway in subduing U.S. western wildfires

18 Sep 2020

MOLALLA, Ore. Crews who struggled just days ago against deadly wildfires raging unchecked across California, Oregon and Washington have now taken the offensive, making substantial progress in subduing the blazes, officials in all three states said on Thursday.

How a 'Hillbilly Brigade' saved an Oregon town from raging wildfires

18 Sep 2020

MOLALLA, Ore. Nicole West steered her bulldozer through the smoldering forest, pushing logs into the underbrush and away from the wildfires ripping through Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Her border collie, Oink, rode shotgun as West and a volunteer crew raced to clear a fire line. | Video

How a 'Hillbilly Brigade' saved an Oregon town from raging wildfires

17 Sep 2020

MOLALLA, Ore. Nicole West steered her bulldozer through the smoldering forest, pushing logs into the underbrush and away from the wildfires ripping through Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Her border collie, Oink, rode shotgun as West and a volunteer crew raced to clear a fireline.

Mountaintop telescopes spared as wildfire smoke from Western U.S. tracked in Europe

17 Sep 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. From a mountaintop observatory near Los Angeles to the normally verdant Cascade range in the Pacific Northwest, crews on Wednesday battled monster wildfires that raged well into their second week as scientists tracked the smoke drifting across Europe.

Thousands of Oregon evacuees shelter from wildfires as U.S. disaster declared

16 Sep 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. Thousands of evacuees displaced by deadly wildfires in Oregon settled into a second week of life in shelters and car camping on Tuesday as fire crews battled on, and search teams scoured the ruins of incinerated homes for the missing. | Video

Spiking U.S. gun sales deluge FBI's background check system, cause delays

15 Sep 2020

A surge in people buying guns since the coronavirus pandemic began has flooded the FBI's background check system, causing a spike in the number of delayed checks and allowing gun sales to proceed without them, FBI data disclosed on Tuesday showed.

Oregon wildfire melts trucks, leaves warlike destruction in wake

12 Sep 2020

PHOENIX, Ore. Matt Manson stared at the burned-out corpse of his pick-up truck on Friday, which sat on a blackened driveway in front of a smoldering pile of rubble that once was his house.

Oregon wildfire melts trucks, leaves warlike destruction in wake

12 Sep 2020

PHOENIX, Ore. Matt Manson stared at the burned-out corpse of his pick-up truck on Friday, which sat on a blackened driveway in front of a smoldering pile of rubble that once was his house.

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