When the Almeda Drive Fire burned through communities in Talent and Phoenix, Oregon, many wondered why there wasn’t more emergency evacuation information. The gaps in Jackson County’s alert system left many without critical information. And the same type of system is used across Oregon and California.
Oregon wildfires are responsible for eight confirmed deaths so far. Rain and thunderstorms that rolled in early Friday morning could bolster efforts to further contain blazes that continue to burn across the state. Our reporters and editors are tracking wildfires across the state and updating this story with the latest news.