Wallbuilders hold a rally in the wake of deadly wildfires in Oregon
MOUNT VERNON, Ore.
— Wallbuilders in western Oregon held a rally Saturday night to protest the federal government’s response to the devastating wildfires that ravaged their communities, as the region grapples with the devastating effects of a heat wave.
The Wallbuilders of Western Oregon, an organization that has helped save homes and businesses in Oregon and Washington, said it has more than 2,500 members across the region and about 2,400 volunteers who have been working to assist.
In the western Oregon town of Yarmouth, where there are about 1,400 residents, the Wallbuilders rallied for four days to protest government inaction, the group said.
The fires are destroying our homes and it is only going to get worse.” “
The fires are killing us all.
The fires are destroying our homes and it is only going to get worse.”
More than 50 homes have burned in Oregon, Washington and Oregon State in recent weeks and more than 20 people have died, including firefighters, officials say.
On Saturday, Oregon Gov.
Kate Brown said more than a dozen of the state’s largest fire-prone towns had closed.
Brown, a Democrat, has urged local governments to come together and prepare for a longer wildfire season.
At the rally, protesters held signs that read, “Don’t let them take over our lives.”
The rally was a response to federal officials’ response to a wildfire in the Oregon town on Friday that killed at least six people.
Officials said Friday that the fire was sparked by lightning in a canyon, and the blaze was spreading to the nearby town of Ashland.
Authorities have asked the public to stay at home and to use caution, and warned against driving in areas with strong winds.
Wallmakers also have been pressing local governments for assistance to help them recover from the fires.
They also are asking residents to report any suspicious activity to the National Weather Service.
People in the region have expressed concern about the health effects of smoke, particularly those living near homes and power lines.
This fire was a clear indication that the climate change, especially the drought, that’s been going on for the last decade, and it’s just going to be a problem for us, Wallbuilders president Mike Capps said.