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A drive along Highway 22 shows what buildings are still standing and others that were damaged by fires in September 2020.

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When he was forced to evacuate from his Gates home due to the Santiam Fire early Tuesday morning, Daniel Tucker followed a line of Santiam Canyon residents down Highway 22 into Salem.

He felt fortunate to find a hotel room in Salem. But he was charged $700 for four nights. 

Wildfires have displaced thousands of Santiam Canyon residents forced to evacuate their homes. 

After reports of price gouging at hotels, Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order declaring an abnormal market disruption Thursday, which allows the Attorney General and Oregon Department of Justice to investigate businesses where price gouging is reported.

“During a statewide emergency, it is absolutely unacceptable to price gouge Oregonians who have already been hard hit and are facing devastating loss,” Brown said in