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Feds approve disaster declaration for Oregon, freeing up FEMA assistance

Members of Oregon's Congressional delegation and FEMA announced on Friday that the White House has approved an emergency disaster declaration for the state as wildfires continue to rage.

Posted: Sep 11, 2020 12:45 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of Oregon's Congressional delegation and FEMA announced on Friday that the White House has approved an emergency disaster declaration for the state as wildfires continue to rage.

"Families across Oregon are facing horrific and potentially life-changing circumstances as these fires sweep through our state,” said Senator Jeff Merkley. “I urge all Oregonians to continue to remain vigilant and follow directions from local emergency management agencies. My heart is with everyone across our state who is being impacted by this dangerous and heartbreaking situation.”

According to FEMA, that approval allows the agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts for "alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population," and providing emergency assistance.

The assistance applies to Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Tillamook, and Washington counties.

“Our state is in crisis as life-threatening fires and smoke threaten communities from all over Oregon,” said Senator Ron Wyden. “Countless Oregonians have been forced from their homes, and businesses have been lost as these fires continue to rage. Oregonians need help now, and this emergency disaster declaration will provide the state critical resources to fight these fires. I will continue to fight for resources until we are safe and recovered.”

According to the Oregon delegation, the emergency declaration helps with "Emergency Protective Measures" while first responders continue to work. Eligible entities may receive direct assistance and reimbursement for work undertaken to save lives and protect property, including search and rescue, emergency transportation, and distribution of food and first aid.

"The unprecedented wildfires in Oregon mean we all need to pull together to get as much help as possible to those who have lost so much,” said Representative Greg Walden. “I am pleased that President Trump quickly approved Oregon’s Emergency Disaster Declaration. This will help ensure our state has the resources needed to deal with these disastrous wildfires."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 348766

Reported Deaths: 4161
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah54797689
Washington37988313
Marion36055444
Clackamas29094304
Lane26966298
Jackson22632300
Deschutes19577123
Umatilla14241144
Linn12380120
Douglas11795240
Josephine9233195
Yamhill8517110
Klamath7709110
Polk715380
Malheur551574
Benton529130
Coos489691
Columbia371343
Jefferson361450
Union313146
Lincoln310638
Wasco281540
Crook274745
Clatsop239529
Baker198028
Tillamook193328
Hood River188337
Morrow181623
Curry178122
Harney108424
Grant97612
Lake89011
Wallowa67012
Gilliam1484
Sherman1463
Wheeler991
Unassigned00

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Cases: 4810222

Reported Deaths: 70598
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Los Angeles147569426398
Riverside3693444990
San Diego3636444159
San Bernardino3563155566
Orange3227415518
Sacramento1576212279
Santa Clara1445181890
Kern1441461605
Fresno1441232051
Alameda1198871372
San Joaquin1018071708
Ventura1005241164
Contra Costa99234982
Stanislaus851571315
Tulare78945951
San Francisco54031645
San Mateo53828622
Monterey50696582
Solano45761334
Santa Barbara44836521
Merced41781577
Sonoma40711402
Placer38902415
Imperial35642764
Kings32369314
San Luis Obispo29653329
Madera23518281
Butte23364260
Shasta23360334
Santa Cruz20861218
Yolo20147247
Marin17581243
El Dorado16960149
Sutter13775169
Napa12808100
Yuba994282
Tehama9298104
Humboldt9102108
Nevada903990
Mendocino752786
Lassen746346
San Benito737372
Tuolumne673993
Lake6506104
Amador537264
Siskiyou442742
Glenn430330
Calaveras381780
Del Norte356141
Colusa301718
Inyo196739
Mono16445
Plumas15756
Mariposa127315
Trinity86011
Modoc6698
Unassigned1860
Sierra1760
Alpine1020
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