Oregon preparing for wildfires to be ‘mass fatality event,’ official says

Oregon was preparing for a “mass fatality event” Friday as dozens of wildfires continued to burn across the state.

“We know we’re dealing with fire-related deaths and we’re preparing for a mass fatality event based on what we know and the number of structures lost,” Andrew Phelps, the state’s emergency management director, told reporters during a wildfire news briefing with Gov. Kate Brown, according to KION-TV of Portland.

At least eight deaths had been reported in the state…

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