One of the firefighters, Jorge Anguiano, said his crew had come to Jackson County, Ore., many times in the past for wildfire training. As soon as they learned of the devastation in the area, he said, “we decided to come here to help.”
“Anything we can do, we will do it,” he said.
The Guanajuato crew, he said, includes a veterinarian, who is helping to treat horses, cats, dogs and other animals that have been brought to the Jackson County Expo, a fairgrounds where a shelter has been set up.
Hoping to save some of North America’s largest birds from wildfires in Clackamas County, Ore., zookeepers mobilized this week to relocate more than 40 California condors from the Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation at Oregon Zoo, according to Willamette Week.
Zookeepers drove 26 of the birds, including two chicks, to the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho, the paper reported. The rest of the condors — which can have wingspans of up to 10 feet — were moved to the Oregon Zoo.
“It’s been a tough week, but the best news is all our condors and staff members are healthy, uninjured and accounted for,” Travis Koons, who oversees the zoo’s condor program, said in a statement. “The teamwork our animal-care staff displayed was nothing short of remarkable.”
The dangers of the wildfires for homeless people were the focus of a story in The Beaverton Valley Times, a newspaper in Beaverton, Ore. The paper noted that state officials have warned people to stay inside to avoid breathing smoke from wildfires, but that isn’t an option for many people without housing.
“I don’t use a tent — I just tried to hunker down in my sleeping bag,” Alan Moore, who is homeless and camps in Washington County, Ore., told the paper after the high winds of last week.