Stunned residents tour Oregon town devastated by wildfires

PHOENIX, Ore. (AP) — Stunned residents of a small Oregon town are getting their first look at the devastation from one of the state’s many wildfires after flames wiped out much of their community. The fire in the community of Phoenix devoured a mobile home park, houses and businesses. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says other communities have also been destroyed and warned there could be more fatalities. Because of its cool, wet climate, the Pacific Northwest rarely experiences such intense fire activity. Fires were also causing chaos in neighboring Washington state and California, where hot, dry and windy weather combined to create near-perfect conditions for flames.