Much of the rain will fall on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains, just where Oregon Forest Department Fire Chief Doug Graffy would “ask for it,” he said.
So far, the state has seen more than 3.4 million acres burned so far this year, killing 25 people and cutting hundreds of homes to embers.
It is one of about 59 unlimited major fires burning across the western United States, according to the National Interdepartmental Fire Center.
Many are still leaving their homes
“I hope all my neighbors get out and everyone is safe,” he said. “And I’m just praying we go back home and if we don’t, it’s just things, isn’t it?”
Similar scenes have taken place in the state in recent weeks, when a strong flame forced residents to leave their homes.
California Gov. Gavin Newsum says the climate is to blame.
“The basic facts cannot be denied,” the governor said. “Trend lines are not going in the right direction.”
California has seen nearly 7,900 wildfires since the beginning of the year, according to CAL Fire. More than 6,200 structures across the country have been damaged or destroyed.
A new danger loomed
In Oregon, Sen. Jeff Merkley said the damage study looked like “World War II land affected by fire and thousands of homes destroyed, homes destroyed.”
“A lot of them are residential buildings and parks for mobile homes, manufactured housing parks, so a lot of families who had very modest housing, the most affordable housing, the housing disappeared. We had shopping neighborhoods burned to the ground. It’s prevalent.”
Destroyed land could give way to another danger now looming: mudslides.
Mud landslides can occur when burnt soil, which lacks vegetation that stabilizes the soil, accumulates rainwater and is unable to hold its weight and begins to flow down the slope, collecting debris and speed as it walks.
CNN’s Joe Sutton and Rob Shackelford contributed to this report.