2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Gov. Kate Brown invoked Conflagration Act for Akawana Fire

At 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Akawana Fire near Three Rivers. Officials report the fire began at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, and has spread quickly. A Level 2 pre-evacuation notice was issued today to Three Rivers residents.

"To ensure the safety of Jackson County residents, and given the dry and windy conditions on the ground, I am invoking an emergency declaration to make additional state resources available to firefighters and local first responders," Brown said.

In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Gov. Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire and 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 resources to assist local resources battling the fire. 

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