When a wildfire is raging, the public’s focus is, of course, on the fire itself and the herculean efforts to stop it.
But the sundry human experiences as a consequence of a fire also demonstrate the wider impact such an event can have.
Police logs Wednesday morning offered a glimpse of those impacts. An elderly female evacuee who forgot to bring her toilet riser with her needed help after she got stuck on the toilet in her temporary lodgings.
Another woman called police at 2 in the morning, to report she’d been evacuated from Foley Lakes, but found she’d been burgled in her absence. She was missing an xBox, some clothes, and other items.
Thursday morning, an Oregon Department of Transportation worker called the sheriff’s office, asking that deputies come by “as often as possible” to the junction of Highway 30 and the Interstate 84 interchange.
He wanted help dealing with “irate and belligerent citizens who are angry with the road closure.”
He said his personnel “are taking a lot of abuse from people wanting to be able to go through.”
Highway 30 remains closed from The Dalles Country Club to Rowena.
Another couple were contacted by police Wednesday afternoon because a sightseeing trip to look at the fire turned ugly.
Through a friend, a woman initially reported to police that her husband slapped her during an argument about her driving while they were trying to see the fire. Later, she and her husband both told police the argument never got physical. The couple agreed to “calm down and not take any more drives today,” the police log stated.
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