Fire, ODF, Oregon

State of emergency declared in Oregon over wildfire risk

Banks Fire District Water Tender 14 responds to a field fire in Gales Creek on Tuesday, August 18. Photo: Chas Hundley

OREGON - Citing imminent wildfire threats, Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Wednesday afternoon for the entire state of Oregon, a move that allows the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal — under direction from the the Oregon Office of Emergency Management — to tap into resources, equipment, and personnel from other state agencies. 

Wildfires are burning across the state, some sparked by lightning strikes from dry thunderstorms, and many caused by human activity.

The state may also utilize firefighting resources from the Oregon National Guard as needed to cover shortfalls under an agreement between the state and the Guard. 

"The wildfire season has escalated in Oregon this summer . . .

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