The federal government approved a decision by authorities in Oregon to declare a disaster due to wildfires occurring across the state on Tuesday, September 15. As of Tuesday, at least six people have been killed in fire-related incidents across the state and 16 others remain missing. A total of 27 fires are active across the state, a full list of which can be found here. A total of 339,326 hectares (838,493 acres) have been consumed with at least 1724 structures being destroyed. The city of Paisley remains under a Level 3 evacuation notice (the highest in a three-tier scale) and the entirety of Jackson county is currently under varying levels of evacuation notices. A map showing current evacuation zones in relation to the fires can be found here.
Further spread of the fires is expected in the near term. An emergency response presence and localized transportation disruptions, namely road closures, should be anticipated in the affected areas.
Those in the vicinity of the fires are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, anticipate possible transport disruption due to firefighting operations and road closures, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities, including evacuation orders.
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