An estimated 500,000 people have evacuated northwest Oregon as deadly wildfires continue to ravage the state, safety officials said Thursday.
The approximate number of Oregonians who have evacuated accounts for roughly 10% of the state’s 4.2 million citizens, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Associated Press reported. An interactive OEM map shows a massive ongoing wildfire near Portland and the state’s capital Salem.
“I’m going to start all over again. It’s not easy but it’s not impossible either. You have to be a little tough in situations like this,” said Artemio Guterrez, a single father of four who evacuated with his four kids, according to the AP. (RELATED: ‘A Great Deal Of Loss’: Wildfires Continue To Ravage Oregon And The West Coast)
In areas with a forced evacuation order, officials reassured evacuees that police would