Fire, Weather

Oregon disaster declaration at White House and other fire updates

Burned trees at the Powerline Fire. photo: FGF&R

The state of Oregon was declared to be in an emergency on Thursday by the White House, a move that allows additional federal resources and funding to be deployed as the state grapples with unprecedented wildfires largely west of the Cascades. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has already granted multiple requests for federal funding for individual fires throughout the state, according to press releases from the agency. 

Washington County announced their offices would close at 10 a.m. due to deteriorating air quality throughout the county. 

The city of Banks also said they would close early, with city hall, public works, and the Banks Public Library closing at 1 p.m.; the library plans to remain closed on Saturday as well.

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