Gov. Brown declares state of emergency over Oregon wildfire danger

The Whitewater Fire on the Willamette National Forest (USDA Forest Service)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued a state of emergency Wednesday as hot, dry summer weather creates the potential for explosive wildfire conditions.

Red flag fire warnings are in effect across the state because of the critical fire danger posed by prolonged heat and thunderstorms in the forecast.

Gov. Brown’s declaration allows the Oregon National Guard to send resources to help firefighting efforts across the state.

"As Oregon faces a near record-breaking heatwave, the threat of wildfires increases," Governor Brown said. "I am thankful to the firefighters and crews working tirelessly throughout the state, and remind all Oregonians to be safe and follow posted fire bans.”

"Our state agencies have a long-standing tradition of collaboration, and this declaration of emergency will ensure they have the resources needed to minimize the impact of wildfires," the governor continued.

Hundreds of firefighters are already battling the several active wildfires burning across the state. Some of the largest fires include the Chetco Bar fire burning just under 3,000 acres, the 1,500-acre Whitewater Fire burning in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, and the 5,800-acre Ana Fire in southern Oregon.

Haze from wildfires in British Columbia is blowing south across Washington and Oregon, causing air quality to deteriorate across the region.

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