In response to a wildfire in remote northeastern Oregon that has reportedly spread quickly to an estimated 10,000 acres and is forcing evacuations, governor Kate Brown activated the Emergency Conflagration Act on Saturday.
According to the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Double Creek Fire near the town of Imnaha in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area expanded to around 15.6 square miles overnight into Saturday. Tuesday saw the discovery of the fire, which was ignited by lightning.
“With several fires already burning throughout the state and the peak fire season still many weeks away, I am advising all Oregonians to be ready, “In a statement, Brown stated. “Continue to abide by regional and state fire prevention laws, and let others know what you know. Every fire we put out contributes to the safety of our communities, firefighters, and the preservation of our natural resources.
With Brown’s proclamation, the fire marshal is free to assume control and dispatch other government resources to assist the local firemen fighting the fire. According to officials, firefighters have been putting out the fire with the assistance of helicopters and air tankers.
The Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office has issued warnings to leave their homes immediately, among other evacuation advisories.
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