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10 people are dead and 22 missing in the Oregon wildfires. Now officials have set up a mobile morgue

As thick black smoke smothers towns in rural Oregon, Scott Fogarty holds on to photos and hope.He has no idea what happened to his longtime friend Geo...

Posted: Sep 15, 2020 12:48 PM
Updated: Sep 15, 2020 5:30 PM

As thick black smoke smothers towns in rural Oregon, Scott Fogarty holds on to photos and hope.

He has no idea what happened to his longtime friend George Atiyeh. But he knows what happened to Atiyeh's property.

'His home was completely lost, and his shop,' Fogarty said, clutching two photos of his friend.

Atiyeh is among at least 22 people missing in the Oregon wildfires, which have already killed 10 people in the state.

In some areas, the opaque smoke and soaring flames have made it too dangerous or impossible to try to find those missing.

And authorities fear more deaths. A mobile medical examiner facility has been set up in Linn County due to wildfires in the area, Oregon State Police spokesman Timothy Fox said.

He said this is the first time a mobile morgue of that kind has been needed.

In the city of Talent, about 20 miles north of the California border, homes were charred beyond recognition.

Across the western US, at least 87 wildfires are burning, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. They've torched more than 4.7 million acres -- more than six times the area of Rhode Island. At least 36 people have been killed.

Officials in Oregon, California and Washington state have demanded more federal action against climate change as the states grapple with soaring temperatures and lengthy droughts.

Typically, fires consume about 500,000 acres a year in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said. But in just one week, 'we burned over a million acres of beautiful Oregon.'

'We saw the perfect firestorm. We saw incredible winds. We saw ... hot temperatures and, of course, we have a landscape that has seen 30 years of drought,' Brown said.

The Holiday Farm Fire has torched more than 160,000 acres in the Willamette National Forest east of Eugene. That's an area slightly larger than the city of Chicago.

Caught in the middle of the forest is the town of Vida, where Nailah Garner had to flee her dream home last week, CNN affiliate KOMO reported.

'We didn't know what to grab. We didn't pack,' she said, wearing donated clothes. 'Who knows what to do when you're going through this?'

Eventually, a friend told Garner her dream home was destroyed.

'It's all gone,' she said. 'It looks like a war zone hit it.'

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 33291

Reported Deaths: 555
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Marion474395
Washington458160
Umatilla299841
Clackamas244862
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Lane126717
Jackson11715
Deschutes85912
Yamhill76914
Jefferson5458
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Linn52513
Morrow5096
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Benton3226
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Clatsop2180
Josephine2032
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Baker952
Crook631
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Lake330
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Curry310
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant100
Gilliam80
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Confirmed Cases: 815654

Reported Deaths: 15782
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Solano641969
Madera455765
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Placer359645
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Santa Cruz23799
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Napa170513
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Yuba11588
El Dorado11444
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Shasta88320
Lassen7410
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Tehama5795
Lake55911
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Colusa5326
Humboldt5098
Calaveras31714
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18815
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