Douglas County declares emergency due to wildfire

The Jack Fire has grown to more than 2,000 acres since Monday.

Posted: Jul 7, 2021 3:34 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2021 6:17 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has declared a state of emergency in response to a wildfire burning near Dry Creek.

The Jack Fire has grown to more than 2,000 acres since Monday. Some residents are under a Level 3 Go evacuation order, and others are under a Level 2 Be Set order.

RELATED: LANE COUNTY TASK FORCE HEADS TO JACK FIRE

“Conditions are very unpredictable and hazardous right now, with winds, dry temperatures and extreme terrain making it incredibly difficult for fire crews working the front lines right now,” commented Commissioner Tim Freeman. “Our number one priority is the safety and health of our residents and those fighting the fires. Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners agree that immediate action must be taken, and we must utilize all available resources to protect everything and everyone from devastating wildfires.”

Gov. Kate Brown has already issued an emergency conflagration declaration for the fire, freeing up additional resources for firefighting efforts. A Lane County task force has responded to provide assistance. 

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