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A wildfire evacuee returned to her Oregon home to find her barn destroyed but her animals alive

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

This photo shows remnants of several homes that were destroyed by the Beachie Creek Fire east of Salem, Ore., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Rob Schumacher/Statesman-Journal via AP, Pool)

Patti Candell was amazed to find her house still standing when she returned to Mehama, one of several Oregon towns under evacuation orders as deadly wildfires continue to ravage the state.

(CNN)Patti Candell was amazed to find her house still standing when she returned to Mehama, one of several Oregon towns under evacuation orders as deadly wildfires continue to ravage the state.

Candell said she returned to her home to feed her cows and sheep and found that her horse stable and barn were destroyed, but her animals were alive.

The fires have torn through more than 900,000 acres in Oregon, killing at least 10 people as of Monday morning, the State of Oregon Fires dashboard website shows.

The low visibility caused by a combination of fog and smoke led to a delay in deploying additional fire crews to the fire line Anthony Bucher, Line Safety Officer for the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office told CNN.

Every drop is needed for our firefighters in order to use the water to save someone's home," Nancy Bush, Director of Disaster Management in Clackamas County, said during the press conference.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said during a Sunday afternoon news conference that misinformation online has led to armed people stopping cars in evacuated communities to protect them from property theft.

While his dispatchers have received a 400% increase in calls out of the county for suspicious persons since the fires began, most of those calls have been unfounded, the sheriff said, although a small amount of arrests have been made.

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