PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for the Cougar Peak Fire in Lake County, allowing more state resources to respond to the growing fire.
The Cougar Peak Fire was last estimated at 3,500 acres in size, with Level 3 and Level 1 evacuations in place.
The Governor's declaration allows for the Fire Marshal's office to bring in firefighters and equipment from around the state to help local crews fight the fire. Brown's office said that four task forces have been mobilized already.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal's Blue Incident Management Team is responding and will assume unified command with the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 8.
"As we are observing National Preparedness Month this September — and as we are still facing wildfires this season — now is a good time for Oregonians to make a preparedness plan and get 2 Weeks Ready,” said Governor Brown. “A good first step is to sign up to receive emergency notifications by visiting oralert.gov. I encourage all Oregonians to understand wildfire risks, pay attention to fire restrictions, and be sure to check in with friends and family members who may need help to get disaster prepared."
Under Oregon law, the Governor can invoke the Emergency Conflagration Act after determining that a threat to "life, safety, and property" exists due to a fire. Particularly this year, the conflagration designation has been employed on major fires within the first several days.