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Oregon facing historic loss of life from wildfires, Gov. Kate Brown says

Traffic moving on Front Street in Salem leaves trails of light streaks caused by a long camera exposure. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

Gov. Kate Brown warned Oregonians on Wednesday to expect the greatest loss of life to wildfires in the state’s history.

The governor provided no indication of what the count of fatalities could be from massive wildfires burning out of control throughout the state.

“We expect to see a great deal of loss in both structures and in human lives,” Brown said in a grim call with reporters Wednesday afternoon. “The next several days are going to be extremely difficult.”

She spoke as wildfires consuming more than 300,000 acres burned along the flanks of the Cascades from Clackamas County south to the California border and in the coast range. As she was . . .