Oregon Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Wildfires
Governor Kate Brown of Oregon declared a state of emergency Wednesday in response to wildfire activity across the state. Hot, dry and windy conditions combined with a forecast for more dry thunderstorms around the state have resulted in multiple red flag warnings, placing Oregon in a critical fire danger situation.
According to the governor’s office, most of the region is experiencing critical fire conditions leading to a strain in resources. The declaration enables the Oregon National Guard to mobilize resources on an as-needed basis to assist the Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office with firefighting.
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“As Oregon faces a near record-breaking heatwave, the threat for wildfire increases,” Governor Brown said. “I am thankful to the firefighters and crew working tirelessly throughout the state, and remind all Oregonians to be safe and follow posted fire bans. Out state agencies have a long-standing tradition of collaboration, and this declaration of emergency will ensure they have the resources needed to minimize the impact of wildfires.”
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, wildfires have scorched roughly 7,000 acres in Oregon as of Wednesday evening.
A potentially life-threatening and historic heat wave will make combating fire conditions very difficult this week across the state of Oregon.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos