Massive Oregon fires threaten to merge near Portland

Hundreds of firefighters continued to battle large wildfires Friday in the US state of Oregon as they threatened to merge near the suburbs of Portland, the state’s largest city.

Oregon governor Kate Brown said during a Friday press conference that fires have burned more than 1,500 square miles (just under 3,900 square kilometers) in the state in just the past three days, nearly double that of a typical year in the northwestern US state. Brown also noted there were dozens of people missing…

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