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Canyon Creek 1 Of Worst Fires On Record In Oregon


Tina Couey walks through the remains of her mother's home and property after the Canyon Creek Complex fire moved through the area Friday night. She and her family have lived here her whole life. "Devastation," she said. "There's no other word for it."

Tina Couey walks through the remains of her mother's home and property after the Canyon Creek Complex fire moved through the area Friday night. She and her family have lived here her whole life. "Devastation," she said. "There's no other word for it."

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Wildfire season isn’t over yet in the Northwest, but Oregon officials say that this year is already one of the worst on record in terms of the number of homes consumed by fires.

The Canyon Creek Complex alone destroyed 43 homes and damaged at least 50 other structures.

“It’s the most homes and structures that we’ve lost in a conflagration since our records go back to 1996,” said Rich Hoover, with the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal. “Canyon Creek has really been kind of historical in that aspect.”  

Although official records only date back to 1996, it’s likely that the Canyon Creek Fire has destroyed more homes than any other Oregon wildfire since 1936. That’s when a wildfire swept through Bandon, Oregon, on the south coast, destroying hundreds of buildings and nearly wiping out the town.

Fires In Oregon History

  • 2002 Eyerly Fire: 18 residences lost in Warm Springs
  • 1996 Skeleton Fire: 19 residences lost in Deschutes County
  • 1990 Aubrey Butte Fire: 22 residences lost in Bend
  • 1987 Bland Mountain Fire: 14 homes lost near Canyonville

These figures are from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Oregon Department of Forestry.




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