Just five weeks ago, temperatures soared in record-shattering hot weather that killed scores of the most vulnerable in June.
Gov. Kate Brown said fires were growing worse due to climate change. "They're hotter, they're more fierce, and obviously much more challenging to tackle."
Worsening heat waves and extreme weather events as a result of climate change are a big worry for wine growers.
Kate Brown said it was "absolutely unacceptable" that at least 95 people died during the phenomenal temperature surge.
In Oregon alone, at least 70 people have died in connection with last weekend's record-breaking heat.
The National Weather Service said the mercury reached 109F on Tuesday in Spokane — the highest temperature ever recorded there.
Temperature records are shattering across a region that rarely deals with intense heat.
Forecasters said Monday could be even hotter in some parts of the country, prompting ongoing excessive heat warnings.
Temperatures in many areas of Washington and Oregon are expected to reach up to 30 degrees above normal.
Strickland, a former mayor and big business advocate, defeated Beth Doglio, the progressive favorite in the 2020 election.