Mobile home parks in Oregon burned. Now rent is due.

TALENT, Ore. (AP) — In mid-October, 78-year-old Joseph Powell moved back into his mobile home in Talent Mobile Estates. He used to open his door to towering trees and a community of modest homes. Now he sees torched vehicles, a sea of debris and charred tree limbs standing black against the sky. Powell’s home survived the Almeda Fire. When the Almeda Fire tore through the southern Oregon cities of Talent and Phoenix, it incinerated more than 1,000 mobile homes in 18 parks. But the flames were fickle, sparing pockets of homes. That has left both owners and residents of manufactured home communities with difficult choices related to whether they can afford to rebuild and if it’s safe to move back.