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News Release
Oregon State Fire Marshal mobilizes resources to the Hat Rock and Mount Hebron Fires - 06/13/23

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is mobilizing six task forces and an incident management team to Umatilla County as firefighters battle two fast-moving wildfires. Tuesday evening, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for the Hat Rock fire and Mount Hebron fire to provide these additional resources. 

Level 2 evacuation orders are in place through the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office for the Hat Rock fire, and some residents self-evacuated due to the fire activity on the Mount Hebron fire. Local fire officials have confirmed some outbuildings were lost in the Mount Hebron fire. 

"The Hat Rock and Mount Hebron fires have been growing rapidly due to the dry, windy conditions in Umatilla County. The local firefighting resources from three counties have been battling both fires since they began mid-day June 13," said Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "With the red flag warning in place, the OSFM is mobilizing additional resources through the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System (OFMAS) to help the local fire service agencies on scene." 
In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Kotek determined the fire poses a threat to life, safety, and property, 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 in battling the fire and further support a coordinated response. 
The OSFM's Green Incident Management Team will be briefed and assume command. The six task forces are coming from other counties around the state through the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System.



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