GLENDALE, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber and other Oregon leaders toured the Douglas Complex instant command center Saturday to get a first hand look at the fire. The governor went room to room checking in with crews as they met to discuss the nearly 33,000 acre wildfire.
“We are fully deployed all the resources that we have at our disposal, state, federal, and private aviation assets,” said Kitzhaber.
Both Sen. Ron Wyden (D – OR) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) joined Kitzhaber at the command center set up at Glendale High School.
“It’s incredibly dangerous so let’s just have a round of applause for the folks who are out there on the line right now,” Merkley said.
The mayor of Glendale said the whole city has come together to help out their neighbors.
“Glendale has an exceptional sense of community, being such a small town everyone knows everyone else,” said Jim Standard, Mayor of Glendale.
Saturday the Douglas Complex fire was burning 32,534 acres and was 15% contained. The campsites where fire crews are staying had a thick layer of smoke settling over the area Saturday afternoon.
At the end of their visit Sen. Wyden and Sen. Merkley toured the fire site by helicopter to assess the damage.