Banks, Environment, Weather

Gov. Brown declares state of emergency as heat wave builds

The sun near Mountaindale on July 31, 2017. The sun is widely considered a significant contributing factor to high temperatures. Photo: Chas Hundley

Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Thursday in 23 of Oregon’s 36 counties—including Washington County—due to the heat wave beginning in much of the state today. 

The declaration, Brown said, came at the request of the Oregon Health Authority. 

The declaration allows the state to provide resources to tribal and local governments in grappling with the emergency caused by the excessive heat. 

"As Oregon faces another high heat event, it's important that we make available all needed resources to assist every level . . .

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