The Dalles, OR

Gov. Brown Invokes Conflagration Act for Wildfire Near The Dalles

Alexandra Tsuneta

For the second time this wildfire season, Gov. Brown has invoked the Conflagration Act

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For the second time in one week, Gov. Brown has invoked the Conflagration Act to help get resources to a new fire burning in Wasco County. The governor’s declaration late Thursday allows the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters to assist local resources in battling the fire.

The Sunset Valley Fire, near The Dalles and estimated to be 987 acres, was first reported around 3:45 p.m. on Thursday.

“This year’s fire season is already proving to be serious, as I have invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for the second time this week to make more state resources available to the fire crews on the front lines in Wasco County at the Wrentham Market Fire, and now, the Sunset Valley Fire,” Governor Brown said. "As we head into the 4th of July weekend, it is imperative that all Oregonians remain mindful of fire safety and prevention. Please remember to be prepared, responsible, and to honor all burn bans."

According to KTVZ, "The Office of the State Marshal’s Red Incident Management Team has been mobilized. In addition, the responding agencies include Mid-Columbia Fire, Dallesport Fire, Dufur Fire, and Mosier Fire; taskforces from Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, and Hood River Counties; the Bureau of Land Management; and the U.S. Forest Service. OSFM personnel responded with a Communications Unit and a cache trailer loaded with incident support supplies, including COVID-19 PPE, tools to enhance defensible space around structures, and other provisions firefighters need to inhabit a fire camp."

In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exist due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.

Oregonians must remember to practice mindfulness and fire safety during this historically hot fire season. There are more heatwaves expected and fire preparedness and caution is of the utmost importance.

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