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Oregon State Fire Marshal mobilizes additional structural resources to the Bootleg Fire. - 07/08/21

The Bootleg Fire in Klamath County is currently threatening lives, structures, and property as it moved to the South and East on Thursday afternoon. Forecasters Wednesday had issued a Red Flag Warning for strong, gusty winds, and low relative humidity.

Thursday, the Oregon Office of the State Marshal mobilized an additional task force and two strike teams, who will be arriving this evening on the Bootleg Fire. One task force was mobilized from within Oregon through the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System (OFMAS) and two strike teams were deployed from California through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) and the Office of Emergency Management. Those resources will join the existing local, state, and federal resources currently at the incident. Pacific Northwest Interagency Team 10 and the Office of the State Fire Marshal Green Team are in unified command.

Governor Kate Brown declared a conflagration on Wednesday morning for the Bootleg Fire to clear the way for the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire. Three task forces from Yamhill, Marion, and Polk Counties arrived on scene Wednesday evening.

“Given our hot, dry conditions and forecast for lighting, mobilizing regional resources to the Bootleg Fire, positions resources within the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System (OFMAS) well should we see new starts in other areas of the state,” Oregon State Fire Marshal, Mariana Ruiz-Temple said. “As fire seasons continue to be more complex and fires grow, our interstate partnerships and relationship are an integral component of our response system. Our Office is thankful to our counterparts in California for sending extra capacity to protect life and structures.”

Hot, dry weather conditions along with lightning are forecasted in other portions of Oregon in the coming days. With high temperatures and weather conditions helping fires grow quickly, the Office of the State Fire Marshal asks all Oregonians to be cautious, safe, and help prevent fires. 

Governor invokes Emergency Conflagration Act, OSFM mobilizes resources for Jack Fire - 07/06/21

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Jack Fire that broke out in Douglas County Monday evening. The fire is estimated to be 900 acres in size and is located near the community of Dry Creek. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has issued Level 3 evacuations, and the fire has temporarily closed Highway 138. The Office of the State Fire Marshal will assume command at 8 p.m. today and will work to bring resources from counties around Oregon to assist in the response.

"Today I invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to make more state resources available to the fire crews on the front lines in Douglas County at the Jack Fire," Governor Brown said. "It is evident that this fire season is rapidly under way, and we must all remain aware and cautious throughout the season, especially with activities that could spark a fire. We all need to do our part to help the many firefighters battling multiple fires across Oregon."

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. The Governor's declaration cleared the way for the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of the State Marshal's Blue Incident Management Team has been mobilized. OSFM is responding with personnel, 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.

Governor Kate Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the Sunset Valley Fire - 07/02/21

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Sunset Valley Fire that broke out in Wasco County Thursday evening. The fire, located near The Dalles, is estimated to be 987 acres in size and temporarily closed Highway 97 on Thursday; there are level 1 and 2 evacuations in place. The Office of the State Fire Marshal assumed command at 7 a.m. today and will work to bring resources from counties around Oregon to assist in the response.

“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."

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.

 

The Governor's declaration cleared the way for the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

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.

The Governor's declaration cleared the way for the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of the State Marshal’s Red Incident Management Team has been mobilized. In addition, the responding agencies included Mid-Columbia Fire, Dallesport Fire, Dufur Fire, Mosier Fire, taskforces from Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, and Hood River, Bureau of Land Management, and the US 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.

Additional updates for the incident may be accessed at:

 

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Attached Media Files: Sunset_Valley_Final_LH.pdf
OSFM to preposition resources in Southern Oregon Friday - 07/02/21

SALEM, Ore. – Firefighters from Northwest Oregon will be headed to Southern Oregon on Friday to help bolster capacity as the region is under a Red Flag Warning and lightning is again in the forecast.

The Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is mobilizing two task forces, one from Clatsop County, the second from Clackamas County. The two will be deployed and prepositioned Friday to Klamath County for 72-hours. The two task forces may stay longer if they are needed.

This is a proactive move for the region to be better prepared and bolster any initial fire attack. These firefighters are not assigned to a specific incident but will be an added resource and increase the state’s readiness if there is a fire.  

Through the Oregon State Legislature, the OSFM was allocated funding to preposition resources around the state if conditions warrant. This is just one way the OSFM is working to be response ready for any wildfire that may break out.

The OSFM encourages all Oregonians to be aware of the dry conditions and take the necessary precautions to avoid sparking a fire.

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State Fire Marshal mobilizes task forces and resources to help fight Wrentham Market Fire - 06/30/21

SALEM, Ore. – Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Wrentham Market Fire that broke out in Wasco County Tuesday evening. The fire is located outside Dufur, Oregon. The fire is estimated to be 10,000 acres in size and is located outside Dufur, the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office has put in place Level 3, Go Now, evacuation notices. The Office of State Fire Marshal’s Red Incident Management Team assumed command at 9 am Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, and will work to bring additional resources from counties around Oregon to assist in the response.   

The three task forces, totaling 41 people, 12 engines, 3 water tenders, 3 command vehicles, and 2 support units from Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties, arrived Wednesday morning for a briefing and assignments. Starting on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the fire was reported, OSFM staff was on the ground supporting local initial attack efforts. In addition, they worked with agency partners on aggressive air attack. The addition of the three task forces and incident management team will help bolster capacity in fighting the Wrentham Market Fire.   

The declaration made by Gov. Brown cleared the way for the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire. 

OSFM personnel has 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 in a fire camp. 

For more information, follow OSFM on Facebook and Twitter.  

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Office of State Fire Marshal Temporarily Suspends Enforcement of Gas Station Self-Service - 06/27/21

With the current and forecasted heat in Oregon, the Office of State Fire Marshal is suspending regulations that prohibit the self-serve of gasoline at retail gasoline service stations. Governor Brown’s Office approved the suspension of the regulations. The suspension will be in place for 48 hours, until the evening of Tuesday, June 29th, 2021.

This suspension of the self-service regulations does not affect areas of the state or timeframes that are already authorized for self-service refueling under Oregon law. Information about the rules suspension for self-service gasoline can be found on the OSFM website.

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