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Governor Brown extends wildfire emergency for counties recovering from September fires

Governor Kate Brown announced on Wednesday that she has extended the state of emergency that began in late August.

Posted: Oct 28, 2020 2:24 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2020 2:27 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown announced on Wednesday that she has extended the state of emergency that began in late August, as a number of counties continue recovery efforts from the devastating fires in September.

Brown said that the extension is intended to support the response in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, and Tillamook counties, allowing the Oregon Office of Emergency Management to continue offering resources.

“The devastation felt by thousands of Oregonians throughout our state from wildfires is hard to fathom, and I remain firmly committed to recovering and rebuilding,” said Governor Brown. “Although wildfires have largely been contained, the work of recovery in impacted counties has just begun—and there is a long road ahead. We will do everything it takes, within our power and in coordination with federal and local officials, to rebuild a stronger Oregon.

“I would like to thank local, state, and federal officials, as well as all the community-based organizations and private sector partners, who continue to support impacted families. Our collective efforts to rebuild will demand strong partnerships at all levels over the long term. But we can do this together.”

The emergency declaration supports the state's Emergency Coordination Center, suspends certain administrative rules that would hamper wildfire recovery, and keeps the "Governor’s Disaster Cabinet and Wildfire Economic Recovery Council" active. It also allows the state Department of Transportation to contract workers for debris clean-up — the removal of hazard trees, ash, and destroyed structures.

The Governor's office said that Brown will keep the emergency in effect until she determines that state agencies can support recovery efforts without the need for emergency authority.

Brown first declared a statewide state of emergency on August 20, in anticipation of worsening wildfire conditions. The Almeda and South Obenchain fires broke out less than three weeks later, along with multiple fires across western Oregon — spurred by remarkably dry and windy conditions.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 156287

Reported Deaths: 2252
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Multnomah31935542
Washington21311212
Marion18541285
Clackamas13426183
Lane10325129
Jackson8489114
Umatilla767882
Deschutes597561
Yamhill379168
Linn360157
Malheur335358
Polk307343
Klamath279855
Douglas252755
Josephine236553
Benton234817
Jefferson196628
Coos152420
Union129519
Columbia127421
Wasco122126
Lincoln113620
Hood River106929
Morrow104914
Clatsop7776
Crook77618
Baker6639
Curry4296
Tillamook4212
Lake3786
Harney2776
Grant2251
Wallowa1425
Gilliam541
Sherman530
Wheeler221
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Cases: 3582320

Reported Deaths: 53083
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Riverside2904983849
San Bernardino2870552959
Orange2617983966
San Diego2613533342
Santa Clara1110761798
Kern103756915
Fresno957851451
Sacramento937901498
Alameda809501271
Ventura77952870
San Joaquin671231150
Contra Costa62931695
Stanislaus56433953
Tulare48114768
Monterey42335329
San Mateo39148521
San Francisco34387422
Santa Barbara32147420
Solano30216165
Merced29264407
Sonoma28261301
Imperial26926638
Kings22091220
Placer19911232
San Luis Obispo19751238
Madera15523214
Santa Cruz14736183
Marin13285198
Yolo12867185
Shasta11054179
Butte11007167
El Dorado9195100
Napa908072
Sutter889998
Yuba577638
San Benito577061
Lassen562324
Tehama510452
Nevada398874
Tuolumne396659
Mendocino382643
Amador347441
Humboldt323033
Lake316941
Glenn223223
Colusa214013
Calaveras191849
Siskiyou178414
Inyo132137
Mono12144
Del Norte10085
Plumas6536
Modoc4604
Mariposa3957
Trinity3735
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Alpine820
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