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Gov. Brown invokes Conflagration Act for Bootleg Fire in Klamath County

The declaration frees up the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to bring in fire crews from around the state, in addition to other resources.

Posted: Jul 7, 2021 2:27 PM
Updated: Jul 7, 2021 3:54 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for the Bootleg Fire in Klamath County. The declaration allows the Office of the State Fire Marshal to bring in firefighting resources and crews from around the state.

As of Wednesday morning, the Bootleg Fire covered at least 3,000 acres with no containment. Evacuation warnings were in place for some inhabitated areas near the fire.

“Today I invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to make more state resources available to the fire crews on the front lines in Klamath County at the Bootleg Fire, which has grown rapidly since yesterday,” Governor Brown said. "Southern Oregon is still recovering from last year's devastating wildfires, and I will do everything in my power to ensure resources are available to contain the Bootleg Fire, as well as others that are burning across the state. This is a reminder that Oregonians must continue to be firewise, fire safe, and to honor all burn bans."

Brown's office said that the OSFM Green incident Management Team will be creating a unified command with the Pacific Northwest Interagency Team on the fire, and would be briefed Wednesday night.

The Emergency Conflagration Act is part of Oregon law that can be brought into effect when the Governor determines that "a threat to life, safety, and property exist due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment."

The Jack Fire in Douglas County gained similar Conflagration status on Tuesday, and was preceded in June by fires in northeastern Oregon.

In responding to the Bootleg Fire, the OSFM team will bring with them three firefighter task forces, a communications unit, and a cache trailer with incident support supplies, including tools for building defensible space around structures and other supplies needed for a fire camp.

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