TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on Western wildfires (all times local):
Oregon forestry officials say the state's wildfires have scorched at least 822 square miles (2,128 square. kilometers) . That's an area more than half the size of the state of Rhode Island.
Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Jim Gersbach said Wednesday that the estimated cost to fight the fires so far is at least $238.5 million dollars.
Oregon wildfires burned 885 square miles (2,292 square kilometers) in 2015.
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — With looming floods and roaring flames, Chuck Wilsey's year sounds more like ancient scripture than modern living in Northern California.
Wilsey returned to his ranch home in Oroville on Monday, relieved to learn it had been spared by the wildfire, just as he had stayed clear of troubles brought on by a damaged spillway at a nearby dam five months ago.