Current situation

Widespread rain and unseasonably cool temperatures in Oregon have dampened existing fires and prevented new ones, easing the strain on firefighting resources. At the same time, wet conditions are making it harder on firefighters trying to remove equipment and repair the impacts from suppression efforts. In steep areas that burned earlier this summer, mudflows, rockslides and fire-weakened trees falling are concerns.






















Thursday, August 13, 2015

Conflagration Act invoked for Cornet Fire

August 13, 2015

Media Contact:
Chris Pair, 503-559-5938
Gov. Brown invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Cornet Fire
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act at 3:28 a.m. August 13, 2015 in response to the Cornet Fire burning in Baker County. After growing very quickly, the fire threatens approximately 170 structures.

"The Cornet Fire reminds of us how quickly a fire can grow and how dangerous these dry conditions can be," said Governor Brown. "I encourage Oregonians to take every step possible to prevent even the slightest spark from becoming a life threatening blaze."

In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Brown 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 (OSFM) to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The emergency was declared for the Cornet Fire only and is effective immediately. OSFM will assume command of the fire at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

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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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