Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act at 7:37 p.m. Aug. 20 in response to the Grizzly Bear Complex fires burning in Wallowa County. At the time of the declaration, the fire threatened more than 100 homes and structures, including a local school.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) deployed its Green Incident Management Team - Incident Commander Ted Kunze. OSFM has mobilized four task forces from Marion, Yamhill, Clatsop and Columbia counties to assist with structure protection.
Washington Incident Management Team 2 is leading the fire suppression effort.
The Grizzly Bear Complex Fire was caused by numerous lightning fires. It originated in Washington Aug. 13. Currently the fire is approximately 50,000 acres. Three residences and 20 outbuilding have been lost.