Video of a man fleeing a fire consumed area with his wife and daughter in the car, went viral this week, showing a frightening escape. All while the family talks about the heat and what they are witnessing.
“I can feel the heat, can you feel the heat?” the man asked. “Oh my God it is so hot,” the woman answered. “It’s so- so hot,” the young girl answers, as the car is driving thru the area and the video camera swings around to capture the destruction.
As of Friday, local authorities reported that More than 10% of Oregon’s population has been evacuated due to fires. That’s around 500,000 people evacuated.
A woman who claimed to be the sister of the man driving, posted the video on Twitter. She described the situation.
“My brother is a farmer and pays close attention to fires, and the weather is general. They literally live their lives by it. No one predicted this fire would spread so far/fast,” Nicole Funke said.
“There was no fire anywhere near them when they went camping. But high winds pushed it toward them, traveling 75 miles in a few hours. Which is unheard of here. The video is from an area they passed through headed home after evacuating their campsite. Their campsite was not on fire,” she said.
Portland police had asked very nicely for ‘protesters’ not to set things on fire and make things worse:
On Tuesday, authorities declared a state of emergency in Marion County, Oregon.
FOX 12 on Tuesday evening spoke with some people who were forced to leave the area, including Zach Warden, who has lived in the area all of his life. Warden says he took whatever he could and left as fast as possible. “That fire got so dang huge that it was so scary, that we just went for it,” Warden said.
Warden took photos as the wall of fire crept over the hill near Detroit Lake on Monday night and into Tuesday morning. He described the drive out of town on Highway 22 as “extremely dangerous.”
“When we were approaching Mill City, you could see fire coming off the hill on the right and jumping the road to the left,” Warden said. “The trees were on fire on both sides of the road.”
This is his video:
Accusations of attempted arson were being investigated, according to a famous citizen reporter, Andy Ngo.
Another journalist, Michael Tracey reported on Twitter, “One of the massive fires in Oregon, which already destroyed at least two towns, is suspected to have been started deliberately… and this just happened to coincide with several other massive (naturally-caused) fires all throughout the West Coast? Odd.”
Radical, far-left Democrat, Governor Kate Brown, was quick to blame “climate change” as the cause for the fires that are destroying her state.
Brown said that fires in Clackamas county have merged, and Portland is “on alert”. The Oregon Convention Center is open for evacuees and ppl with RVs. It is now feared that Salem-area fires will merge, Brown stated. The Democrat Governor also said that evacuations in the Portland metro area are possible.
The fires are devastating an already embattled State.