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Schools And Colleges Suspend Classes In Washington, Idaho and Oregon Due To Wildfires

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Various K-12 schools, colleges, and universities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho have canceled classes either due to the close proximity of wildfires and poor air quality or because of power outages not allowing students to access the internet. The 2020 Washington wildfire season officially began in March 2020. Based on environmental factors and forest conditions, the Washington–Oregon wildfires were projected to be the worst in the United States during 2020. Firefighting was expected to be complicated by personnel and resource shortages, and lack of training, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington.


On 7th September, the most untamed of all Washington Wildfires broke out. This was the Labor Day Wildfire that was orchestrated by high winds and downed powerlines. The Labor Day wildfire has burned down More than 330,000 acres (130,000 ha) across Washington State and it continues to rage at a menacing pace.



As of Friday, the Washington Wildfires have shut down schools in districts including Portland metro area, Clackamas County, Washington County, Salem, Corvallis, Albany area, Eugene-Springfield area, Southern Oregon, Oregon Coast, Sumner-Bonney Lake, Orting Puyallup, and Twin Falls districts in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho respectively.

Employees and staff onsite impacted campus locations are also asked to follow the suspended operations process. Unless designated as essential personnel and required to be on campus, faculty, and staff are required to leave their respective campuses. If employees are working remotely they may continue to do so unless otherwise notified.



Outdoor activities should be avoided, if possible. People experiencing respiratory distress have been asked to contact health care professionals immediately.


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