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Gov. Brown invokes Conflagration Act for Jack Fire in Douglas County

The Conflagration Act authorizes more state resources to help protect Oregon communities from wildfires.

Posted: Jul 6, 2021 4:34 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for the Jack Fire in Douglas County. The move authorizes more state resources to help protect communities threatened by wildfire.

The Jack Fire broke out within the Umpqua National Forest along Highway 138E on Monday evening, and has since grown to at least 900 acres in size. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued evacuation orders and warnings on Tuesday, and the highway has been closed through the area since Monday.

"Today I invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to make more state resources available to the fire crews on the front lines at the Jack Fire in Douglas County," Governor Brown said. "It is evident that this fire season is rapidly under way, and we must all remain aware and cautious, especially with activities that could spark a fire. We all need to do our part to help the many firefighters battling multiple fires across Oregon."

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) can now start bringing in resources from counties around the state to help with the response in Douglas County.

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."

OSFM's Blue Incident Management Team has been mobilized to the Jack Fire, bringing with it personnel, a communications unit, and a cache trailer loaded with incident support supplies — COVID-19 PPE, tools to enhance defensible space around structions, and provisions required for a fire camp.

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