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Visitors flocked to Oregon in August 2017 to watch the first total solar eclipse viewable from the contiguous United States in 38 years.The path of totality ran all the way across North America, but started near Lincoln City. Totality began on the Oregon Coast on August 21 at 10:16 a.m. PDT.And eclipse watchers were ready.

Eclipse Mania Means Oregon Needs Wildfire Help From Washington

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The Whitewater fire, burning since late July in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, is in the path of totality for the upcoming solar eclipse.

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A state of emergency, excessive heat and an extended period of dry weather are unlikely to pair well with an influx of up to 1.5 million visitors in Oregon in two weeks.

And state wildfire managers are scrambling to prepare. ????The eclipse’s so-called “path of totality” passes right through the heart of Oregon’s wildfire country. Fire danger in every fire district in Oregon has been listed as 'High' or 'Extreme'

That’s why the state’s Department of Forestry has requested assistance from Washington’s Department of Natural Resources. ??

“We help them and they help us and they are very concerned,” Washington’s Fire Operations Chief Aaron Schmidt said. “They’re thinking anywhere from 500,000 to 1.5 million extra folks in Oregon and across the landscape.”??

Schmidt said 90 percent of wildfires are human caused.

Reservable campsites on public land in Oregon were snapped up months ago.