WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Thursday night, the White House approved an emergency declaration for the devastating wildfires burning in Oregon.
This announcement came from Rep. Peter DeFazio's office.
The declaration will provide assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Oregon and includes temporary housing for displaced evacuees. There will also be opportunity for additional fire resources. It is unclear what exactly will be sent to Oregon from the federal government for assistance.
Gov. Kate Brown said in press conference Wednesday that 500,000 Oregonians are under some level of evacuation order. That is about 10% of the state. So far more than 900,000 acres have burned across the state in 72 hours. Over a 10 year average, Oregon sees roughly 500,000 acres burned a year.