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Over 80,000 people forced to flee Oregon wildfires

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown now says more than 80,000 people have had to evacuate because of wildfires burning across the state.

Brown said on Twitter that the evacuations were ongoing. “If you’re advised to evacuate, do so immediately,” she said.

More than 1,400 square miles have burned this week in the state. Authorities say the wildfire activity was particularly acute Thursday afternoon in northwestern Oregon as hot, windy conditions continued.

At a news conference Thursday, she said there have been fatalities but the exact number is not yet known. There have been at least three reported fire deaths in the state.

Brown said she had requested firefighting help from other states and the federal government.

The Reyes family walks past the destruction at the Coleman Creek Estates where they lived as wild fires devastate the region on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Phoenix, Ore. The Reyes family lived in the park for 20 years. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)