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Gov. Brown: 10 people killed in Oregon fires

As of Monday, there have been 10 fire-related deaths in Oregon, according to Gov. Kate Brown's latest wildfire update.

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 3:17 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- As of Monday, there have been 10 fire-related deaths in Oregon, according to Gov. Kate Brown's latest wildfire update.

Currently, 22 people are missing in the state. The number changes frequently. Initial reports from the Holiday Farm Fire alone were in the 50s, officials said.

Brown said cooler weather expected later this week will likely be a tremendous help for firefighters across the state.

Crews from across the country and from Canada are on the way to help, Brown added. Several representatives with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are already helping with relief efforts.

"We are a long way from recovery. It feels like a cruel twist of fate that communities already impacted by COVID-19....now face even more hardship," Brown said.

Three foundations are working together to create a fund to help with what comes next after these crises.

Brown also highlighted Chief Rainbow, who acted heroically in the initial response to the Holiday Farm Fire, even as her own home burned.

Maj. Gen. Mike Stencel with the Oregon National Guard said by the end of Monday, about 700 soldiers will be mobilized. By the end of the week, they expect that to grow to more than 1,000.

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