Shock, Stress, and Smoke Scatter the La Salle Community
Wildfires blazed through the state of Oregon. Six La Salle community members share how they were affected.
40,000 people evacuated.
Over one million acres of land burned.
The worst air quality of all major cities in the world in Portland.
Oregon was ablaze.
Wildfires tore through multiple counties in Oregon and all over the west coast in early September, charring land, destroying towns, and forcing people out of their homes — including many members of the La Salle community.
Evacuation zones divided the state between levels one, two, and three — where level one residents were warned to be on alert for evacuation, and those in level two were ordered to be prepared to evacuate. Level three residents were advised to get out as soon as possible.
Evacuees fled to a multitude of evacuation sites, including Clackamas Town Center, which is nearby La Salle. Others found safety in the homes of their friends and family members.
The Falconer spoke to six individuals at La Salle who were affected by the Oregon wildfires and shared their experiences.