SALEM, Ore. – Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency due to the threat of wildfires across the state.
Firefighters are already fighting fires in some areas of Oregon, including one near Redmond.
Brown said with the extreme hot temperatures we saw over the weekend and with the weather continuing to be hot and dry the next few weeks, the threat of wildfire in Oregon is approaching.
Much of the sate is currently in high or extreme fire danger with red flag warnings.
In a statement, Brown said: “Oregon is still recovering from the devastation of last year’s wildfires, which resulted in nine Oregonians losing their lives and thousands more losing their homes. With wildfires already sparking this year, it is imperative that we act now to prevent further loss – of life, property, business and our natural resources.”
The state of emergency allows fire officials to utilize personnel, equipment and facilities from other state agencies in order to respond to wildfires.