McKenzie River Fires

Over 3,500 acres burning in McKenzie River area; officials expect loss of life

A sad pup and its owner at Thurston High School, which is being used as an emergency center for those affected by the McKenzie River fires that began Sept. 7. Between 80-100 homes and businesses are expected to be lost, and loss of life is expected. BRAD COOK/THE CHRONICLE

McKENZIE RIVER — Hundreds of people have been evacuated from Blue River, as the McKenzie River fire engulfed 55 miles overnight, affecting over 3,500 acres in the area while still moving westward. 

“We should expect loss of life from this fire . . .

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