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."

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Cases: 154878

Reported Deaths: 2206
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Washington21099212
Marion18373285
Clackamas13328175
Lane10200126
Jackson8315111
Umatilla763982
Deschutes593459
Yamhill376764
Linn357756
Malheur334458
Polk303942
Klamath278455
Douglas244754
Josephine232849
Benton232516
Jefferson195128
Coos144019
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Columbia124821
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106429
Morrow104614
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6507
Curry4246
Tillamook4142
Lake3746
Harney2736
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
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Kern102627811
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Contra Costa62164674
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San Francisco34138398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano30024164
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Sonoma28004298
Imperial26855589
Kings21951218
Placer19763232
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Madera15414209
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Marin13136197
Yolo12787185
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Sutter884597
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Lassen560119
Tehama508152
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Lake314140
Glenn221923
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Mono12114
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