Northwest heat wave spurs help for vulnerable residents

Chad Messenger collects cooling supplies including bottled water donated by the Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare’s street outreach team on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon volunteers scrambled to hand out water, portable fans, popsicles and information about cooling shelters to homeless people living in isolated encampments on the outskirts of Portland as the Pacific Northwest sweated through another heat wave.