George Atiyeh, the 72-year-old activist and nephew of former Oregon Gov. Victor Atiyeh, was final seen on September 7 earlier than the Beachie Creek Fireplace exploded in a single day final week.
Dwayne Canfield, the chief director of the Opal Creek Historical Forest Middle, advised CNN in an e mail Thursday that he final spoke with Atiyeh the Monday earlier than the hearth exploded.
“I did urge him to go away, and he mentioned it was solely a stage two evacuation so he did not must but,” Canfield mentioned in an e mail.
Scott Fogarty, a longtime good friend of Atiyeh, mentioned Thursday he was holding out hope that his good friend survived the hearth and escaped to the native river.
“So in my thoughts’s eye, he is probably sitting on a type of cabinets, these benches within the water, the pure rock benches within the water and hopefully, you recognize, he is going to have the ability to both head downriver in some unspecified time in the future, or as soon as the hearth subsides utterly he’ll be capable to stroll up out of there,” Fogarty mentioned.
“That is my hope.”
CNN’s Konstantin Toropin contributed to this report.