No real surprise considering the record-breaking heat and low rainfall this year. There’s smoke in the air in Portland, coming from a fire east of Mt. Hood, and southern Oregon has smoke from the Lava Fire near Mt. Shasta.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday declared a state of emergency due to “the imminent threat of wildfires” across the state.
“Oregon is still recovering from the devastation of last year’s wildfires, which resulted in nine Oregonians losing their lives and thousands more losing their homes,” said Brown. “With wildfires already sparking this year, it is imperative that we act now to prevent further loss—of life, property, business, and our natural resources.”
The state of emergency declaration authorizes the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshal to utilize personnel, equipment, and facilities from other state agencies to respond to wildfires. In addition, state agencies can suspend any rules that could impair the wildfire response. If needed, the Oregon National Guard could deploy firefighting resources. Oregon could also request assistance from other states if necessary.
At 9pm, it’s 67F. It is still dry enough to worry about fires though.
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