Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Saturday, September 20, 2014

Governor Kitzhaber Invokes Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to Scoggins Creek Fire

NEWS RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
Media Contact:
Chris Pair, 503-559-5938
Rachel Wray, 503-559-1277
 

(Portland, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act at 11:20 p.m. September 19, 2014, in response to the Scoggins Creek Fire burning near Hagg Lake. The fire threatens several homes and forced evacuations after first being spotted early Friday afternoon.
"The Scoggins Creek Fire has grown quickly and already forced several families to evacuate to safety." said Governor Kitzhaber. "We are reminded that fire season is still not over and the danger to life and property persists anywhere a spark and dry fuel exists, no matter what time of year. This declaration allows us to deploy more resources to battle this fire to help residents and firefighters."

In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Kitzhaber determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire and that the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.

The Governor’s declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The emergency was declared for the Scoggins Creek Fire only and is effective immediately.
 

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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