President Trump signs major disaster declaration for Oregon

The Presidential Disaster Declaration will free up significant assistance from the federal government for recovery efforts in areas hammered by wildfires.

Posted: Sep 15, 2020 6:34 PM
Updated: Sep 15, 2020 6:45 PM

PHOENIX, Ore. — Phoenix Mayor Chris Luz was waiting for a live interview on NewsWatch 12 Tuesday evening when he got the call from Representative Greg Walden's office, saying that President Donald Trump had approved a major disaster declaration for Oregon.

"That means that we can start to get troops on the ground here, and money flowing through state agencies to Phoenix," Luz said. "Overall it's really good news . . . what we need are footsoldiers on the ground who are experts in disaster relief and recovery."

Congressman Peter DeFazio confirmed the news of Trump's approval minutes later, saying that he had heard from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that the President had signed the declaration on Air Force One Tuesday afternoon.

“The damage from the wildfires across Oregon is catastrophic, and the scale of the recovery is beyond the capabilities of the state,” said DeFazio. “I’m grateful for the White House’s swift action in declaring a Major Disaster. This decision will make more Federal aid available for survivors of the fires and give communities the resources they need to start to rebuild.”

Oregon's Congressional delegation has been urging the declaration's swift approval since Governor Kate Brown requested it on Monday. This major disaster declaration follows an earlier, more limited federal emergency declaration issued on September 10, which brought some resources from FEMA into the state.

"Oregon is strong. Oregon is resilient. But to fight fires of this scale, we need all the help we can get," said Governor Brown on Monday. "I am grateful for this federal support, which will help us to both address urgent disaster response needs on the ground, and move towards recovery."

Brown's office said that the major disaster declaration allows for additional communications resources, search and rescue support, debris management, and shelter and medical assistance.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office issued an update on Tuesday afternoon, saying that assessments of the damage in Phoenix and Talent from the Almeda Fire are now estimated at 2,357 residential structures destroyed and 57 damaged.

"On Monday, I spoke with President Trump and urged swift approval of Oregon’s Major Disaster Declaration and I am grateful for his quick response," said Congressman Walden. "This declaration will help make assistance available to both individuals devastated by the fire and our communities across the state as they recover and rebuild. The tragic wildfires in Oregon mean we all need to work together to help those who have lost so much. We will recover and rebuild and come back stronger."

Walden's office said that people in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion Counties can register with FEMA the following ways:

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 397421

Reported Deaths: 5299
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Washington42725408
Marion40378520
Clackamas33323391
Lane30531364
Jackson25267363
Deschutes24034198
Umatilla15178184
Linn15004184
Douglas13635295
Josephine10388249
Yamhill9916145
Klamath9144153
Polk8384103
Benton624440
Malheur594093
Coos5854109
Columbia442156
Jefferson427268
Lincoln369155
Crook345558
Union341857
Wasco320747
Clatsop265835
Baker223133
Tillamook220646
Hood River218637
Morrow198925
Curry194639
Harney121933
Grant109216
Lake106418
Wallowa76513
Sherman1953
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1161
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Reported Deaths: 74953
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Los Angeles153845127262
San Diego4104514351
Riverside3912955388
San Bernardino3784085998
Orange3370455783
Sacramento1699162462
Kern1590231841
Fresno1581872284
Santa Clara1536961933
Alameda1262241514
San Joaquin1084911837
Ventura1049251194
Contra Costa1046451058
Stanislaus923321436
Tulare869791102
San Francisco57458674
San Mateo56861631
Monterey52973626
Solano48014360
Santa Barbara47846555
Merced45506672
Sonoma43609414
Placer42736473
Imperial39148778
Kings35547369
San Luis Obispo31803360
Madera26511315
Shasta26353465
Butte25690320
Santa Cruz22540224
Yolo21792263
Marin18728249
El Dorado18544168
Sutter14691186
Napa13501107
Yuba1084791
Humboldt10360119
Tehama10329133
Nevada10187105
Mendocino873799
Lassen801259
San Benito793980
Tuolumne782691
Lake7073113
Amador583267
Siskiyou480757
Glenn460336
Calaveras449988
Del Norte380442
Colusa329821
Inyo259446
Plumas19679
Mono19274
Mariposa163818
Trinity102117
Modoc7956
Unassigned3820
Sierra2210
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