Search and rescue teams, with dogs in tow, were deployed across the blackened ruins of southern Oregon towns as smoldering wildfires ravaged US Pacific Coast states after causing widespread destruction.
Oregon’s emergency management director has said officials were preparing for a possible “mass fatality event” if many more bodies turn up in the ash.
The state's emergency management director, Andrew Phelps, has said officials are “preparing for a mass fatality event” and that thousands of structures have been destroyed.
Court records show antifa supporter Michael Forest Reinoehl was carrying a loaded weapon in a public place while far-right group Patriot Prayer supporter Aaron Danielson was wearing a loaded Glock pistol.
Anti-fascist activist Michael Reinoehl said he acted in self-defence and to protect a friend when he shot a man during skirmishes between Black Lives Matter protesters and a pro-Trump caravan in Portland.
Oregon police will return to Portland following a deadly shooting in the city that has seen nearly 100 consecutive nights of Black Lives Matter protests.
The Oregon city has been the epicentre of BLM protests since the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minnesota in late May, and according to local media a "caravan of hundreds of cars" of Trump supporters also converged there.
Activists and Oregon officials have urged people in Portland to re-centre the focus on Black Lives Matter after the Trump administration agreed to reduce the presence of federal agents.
The Trump's administration earlier this month sent federal tactical teams to intervene in Portland after weeks of protests against racism and police brutality saw windows broken and graffiti scrawled on the federal courthouse.
It remains unclear if the agreement will reduce tensions on the streets of the liberal city, where nightly protests have persisted for more than two months.
Militirised federal agents using excessive violence are in violation of a court order in Portland and are being sued.
Attorney General Bill Barr defends sending US federal law enforcement officers to quell protests in Portland and rejects allegations he was trying to boost President Trump's re-election prospects.
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