OAKRIDGE, Ore. – Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act on Tuesday in response to the growing Middle Fork Complex near Oakridge.
The fires collectively have burned roughly 3,700 acres, and Level 1 and 3 evacuation notices are in place.
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Brown’s declaration frees up additional resources to help fight the fires.
Right now, firefighters’ main priority is controlling the Kwis Fire, which is burning nearest to Oakridge.
Brown recommends Oregonians sign up to receive emergency notifications at oralert.gov, make a preparedness plan and “get 2 Weeks Ready.”
"I encourage all Oregonians to understand wildfire risks, pay attention to fire restrictions, and be sure to check in with friends and family members who may need help to get disaster prepared," Brown said in a statement.