The sun looms over a cloud of smoke from the Santiam Fire near Gates, Ore., Sept. 9, 2020. Fires around Oregon could become the deadliest, costliest in state history.

The sun looms over a cloud of smoke from the Santiam Fire near Gates, Ore., Sept. 9, 2020. Fires around Oregon could become the deadliest, costliest in state history.

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In a press conference Wednesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown listed five communities as “substantially destroyed” by unprecedented wildfires that continue to burn: Detroit in Marion County, Blue River and Vida in Lane County, and Phoenix and Talent in Jackson County. Today there are conflicting reports, and it appears Vida and Blue River may not have been hit quite as hard as first thought. We talk with Detroit Mayor Jim Trett about the damage and how he and his community are responding.

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