Drone video shows fire-ravaged Oregon town covered in red flame retardant

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TALENT, Ore. (Reuters) — A thick blanket of fire retardant covered streets and properties in the town of Talent, Oregon on Sunday. Drone video showed entire neighborhoods in the fire-ravaged town covered by the brightly colored retardant in the wake of the Almeda Fire.

A blitz of wildfires across Oregon, California and Washington has destroyed thousands of homes and a half dozen small towns this summer, scorching more than 4 million acres and killing more than two dozen people since early August.

Crews in Jackson County, Oregon, where Talent is located, were hoping to venture into rural areas where the Almeda Fire has abated slightly with slowing winds, sending up thick plumes of smoke as the embers burned. From Medford through the neighboring communities of Phoenix and Talent, a scene of charred residential subdivisions and trailer parks stretched for miles along Highway 99.

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