Oregon hit by unprecedented record-breaking wildfires

Oregon hit by unprecedented wildfires that have destroyed at least five towns. Three deaths in Oregon have been blamed on the wildfires, with another in neighboring Washington state, where blazes are also burning.

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In California, three people died in a wildfire that has forced thousands from their homes, authorities say.

Fires are burning in nine other western states, according to the National Fire Information Center.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a news conference on Wednesday: “This could be the greatest loss of human life and property due to wildfire in our state’s history.”

The fires are blazing across the state’s valleys and along the coast, causing mass evacuations.

One Oregon evacuee, Jody Evans, told reporters about her ordeal.

“Fire on both sides, winds blowing, ash flying – it was like driving through hell,” she said.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee said on Tuesday that more than double the acreage had been torched in the previous 24 hours than had been burned during all of last year in his state.

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