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Gov. Brown Invokes Emergency Conflagration Act In Response To Fire East of Roseburg

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Governor Kate Brown Tuesday 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 1,500 acres in size in steep terrain 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 level 3 evacuations are for homes, recreation areas and businesses from mile post 43 on Highway 138 east to Eagle Rock Campground. Level 3 means go now.  There's a level 2 be ready evacuation notice issued for everything east of Eagle Rock Campground to Soda Springs. 

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has assumed command 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.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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