It’s not just that Oregon’s wildfires burned an area the size of Rhode Island this summer.
Yes, the numbers are staggering: 1,903 fires, 1,060 square miles burned, $340 million spent so far on firefighting costs.
Yet, somehow, those numbers fail to capture the real loss.
The flames tore into beloved places across the state, torching mountains and forests Oregonians traditionally pilgrimage to each summer and fall, including the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Jefferson and the Three Sisters.
Read more at the Statesman Journal.
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