Josephine County in State of Emergency

7-28 jbo picGRANTS PASS, Ore.– The Josephine County Board of Commissioners has declared a “State  of Emergency.”  This opens the door to additional resources and funding in dealing with the impact of the wildfires currently burning in the county as well as those affected by it.

“This will be concentrated on protecting structures because the forest-fire-fighting organizations, all of that complex put together to fight those forest fires does not do anything about the protection of the structures themselves,” said commissioner Cherryl Walker.

The last time Josephine County declared a “State of Emergency” was the Biscuit fire in 2002.


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  1. Tehyi Clark says:

    what exactly does this mean state of emergency i have never lived where the fires where this close and so many the outside air quality is damaging to my lungs please advise

  2. HSB says:

    Has the national guard been called in? I heard a rumor.

    1. NewsWatch 12 Staff says:

      Josephine County’s State of Emergency does open the door to additional resources. Some National Guard members have been given a notice of possibly being called in. We will have an in-depth look at this very topic, tonight on NewsWatch 12.

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