Much of the rain will fall over the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains, right where Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Department chief Doug Grafe would “ask for it,” he says.
The state has seen more than 3.4 million acres scorched so far this year, killing 25 people and turning hundreds of homes to embers.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, it is one of 59 major uncontrolled fires in the western United States.
Many are still leaving their homes
“I hope my neighbors all get out and are all safe,” he said. “And I just pray we go back to a house and if we don’t, it’s just stuff, isn’t it?”
Similar scenes have played out across the state in recent weeks as violent flames drove residents from their homes.
California Governor Gavin Newsom says climate change is to blame.
“The basic facts cannot be denied,” said the governor. “The trend lines are not going in the right direction.”
Since the beginning of the year, California has seen nearly 7,900 forest fires, according to CAL Fire. More than 6,200 buildings across the state were damaged or destroyed.
New danger looms
In Oregon, Senator Jeff Merkley said the investigation into the damage looked like “World War II floor hit by incendiary bombs and thousands of homes destroyed and apartment buildings destroyed”.
“A lot of them are apartment buildings and mobile home parks, manufactured residential parks, so a lot of families who had very modest apartments are the most affordable apartments, the apartments are gone. We had business districts burned down. It’s overwhelming.”
The destroyed soil can give way to another danger: mudslides.
Mudslides can occur when scorched soil, lacking the vegetation that stabilizes the soil, grows heavily with rainwater and, unable to hold its weight, flows down a slope, collecting dirt and speed in the process.
CNN’s Joe Sutton and Rob Shackelford contributed to this report.