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Gov. Brown declares blanket state of emergency for wildfire risk in Oregon

Brown's office cited a handful of sizable wildfires this season that have caused evacuations, threatened infrastructure, and destroyed homes and other structures.

Posted: Aug 19, 2020 4:36 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2020 4:43 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in Oregon prompted by the growing threat of wildfire, as many counties experience "Extreme" fire danger and intermittant Red Flag warnings for hot, dry and windy conditions and a series of dry thunderstorm.

Brown's office cited a handful of sizable wildfires this season that have caused evacuations, threatened infrastructure, and destroyed homes and other structures — much of which can be attributed to the recent Mosier Fire in the Columbia River Basin.

"The wildfire season has escalated in Oregon this summer, and fire crews are working in extreme temperatures to keep homes and resources safe during this pandemic," Brown said. "Given drought conditions and hotter than usual temperatures, Oregonians should be prepared for an intense wildfire season this summer. I'm committed to making state resources available to ensure crews have the resources they need on the ground and across the state. I urge the public to use extreme caution and be mindful of fire restrictions to protect the beauty and bounty of our state."

Oregon law provides for an emergency declaration when "a threat to life, safety, and property exists" due to the threat of wildfire. The result is largely administrative — making it easier for the Oregon Department of Forestry, the state Fire Marshal's office, and the Oreogn Office of Emergency Management to share personnel, equipment, and other resources during response to wildfires.

"The Oregon National Guard will deploy firefighting resources as needed and in accordance with Operations Agreement Smokey 2020 throughout the remainder of the fire season based upon threat and resource shortfalls," Brown's office said. "The Oregon Health Authority will continue to provide guidance and assist with mitigating the spread of COVID-19 at wildland fire facilities and camps, emergency shelters, and evacuation centers."

While fire crews in Oregon have so far kept fires thus far from causing major destruction, California has been beset by a flurry of lightning-sparked fires this week that have destroyed an untold number of homes.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 176157

Reported Deaths: 2461
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah35145568
Washington23569229
Marion20282299
Clackamas15499204
Lane11722144
Jackson9984127
Umatilla798483
Deschutes721472
Linn418763
Yamhill412575
Klamath353759
Polk346452
Malheur343058
Josephine307862
Douglas305765
Benton275418
Jefferson207432
Coos198431
Columbia155426
Union141824
Lincoln130520
Wasco130228
Hood River113029
Morrow108115
Clatsop9008
Crook89119
Baker86114
Curry5999
Tillamook5833
Grant4204
Lake4147
Harney3136
Wallowa1575
Gilliam571
Sherman571
Wheeler261
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3723446

Reported Deaths: 61122
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122964123668
Riverside2976204547
San Bernardino2949734561
San Diego2753683674
Orange2691764900
Santa Clara1173172017
Kern1080131331
Sacramento1016651647
Fresno1007021646
Alameda855831477
Ventura803321002
San Joaquin717351334
Contra Costa67157782
Stanislaus605831032
Tulare49443831
Monterey43301364
San Mateo41226560
San Francisco36094529
Santa Barbara33926446
Solano32047239
Merced31289453
Sonoma29720311
Imperial27995719
Kings22781245
Placer21908283
San Luis Obispo20991257
Madera16289240
Santa Cruz15666204
Marin13868226
Yolo13572200
Shasta11747219
Butte11601196
El Dorado9797109
Napa971579
Sutter9299109
Yuba612744
San Benito598963
Lassen567924
Tehama544556
Nevada448975
Tuolumne408664
Mendocino399347
Humboldt363138
Amador362946
Lake341643
Glenn235825
Colusa220416
Calaveras206252
Siskiyou196521
Inyo141838
Del Norte12907
Mono12744
Plumas6936
Modoc4904
Mariposa4287
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