“You could instantly see everyone perk up a little bit, some smiles came on some straight faces and it was a different day,”
“As the incident unfolded, shots were fired," and multiple people including the suspect died.
Elsbury Jr. had been running a skidder to help protect structures.
Crews try to contain massive wildfires in Oregon, Washington, and California.
The flames up and down the West Coast have destroyed neighborhoods, leaving nothing but charred rubble and burned-out cars, forced tens of thousands to flee.
The high number of fires occurring simultaneously in the span of just a few days in Oregon was fueled by dry conditions, high temperatures and especially strong, swirling winds.
With two large fires threatening to merge, some firefighters in Clackamas County were told to disengage temporarily because of the danger.
The North Complex fire that exploded in wind-driven flames earlier in the week was advancing more slowly Friday.
Raging wildfires in the Pacific Northwest have fueled a barrage of false information this week as unsubstantiated social media posts blamed coordinated groups of arsonists from both the far left and far right for setting the blazes.
Oregon governor warns it could be the greatest loss of life and property from wildfire in state history.