In Photos: Oregon wildfires devastate communities as fires rage on

  • There are currently 34 fires raging in the area and more than 900,000 acres have burned in the state.
  • The majority of the fires are located in the westernmost part of the state along the Cascade mountain range.
  • Much of the state remains under an air quality alert as smoky skies have yet to clear in the region.

A week after wildfires began consuming thousands of acres of land in Oregon, firefighters are still working to contain some of the most destructive blazes in the state's history.

Thirty-four fires are raging in the area, and more than 900,000 acres — an area bigger than Rhode Island — have burned in the state, according to Oregon's Office of Emergency Management. The majority of the fires are in the westernmost part of the state along the Cascade mountains.

Much of the state remains under an air quality alert as smoky skies have yet to clear in the region. Smoke levels are expected to remain at unhealthy levels through at least Tuesday.

Many school districts have announced closures due to the hazardous conditions.

Fog combined with smoke has kept temperatures cooler in the state and aided in suppressing some fires. At least 10 people have died, according to reports, and countless homes and businesses have been destroyed.

Thousands forced to flee as fires rage 

Red sky and thick smoke are seen in Salem City

Some residents remain to protect their properties

Entire neighborhoods reduced to ashes

Death toll expected to climb in coming days

Resident surveys the remnants of her home

The frame of a burned car is seen by the Oak Park Motel

Fire retardant seen from above over a destroyed homes

A family sifts through the debris of their home

Residents return to evacuated homes to find items looted

Downed power lines in a destroyed neighborhood

A resident surveys the remains of his home

A donations center is set up by volunteers at an evacuation site

Heavy smoke fills the streets as a pedestrian crosses

An angel figurine salvaged from a destroyed home

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