SALEM — Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has declared a state of emergency due to wildfire activity across the state.
The emergency declaration enables the Oregon National Guard to mobilize resources on an as-needed basis to assist the Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, and others with firefighting.
"Oregon is facing a severe fire season. Conditions are dry and new fires are starting daily," said Governor Kitzhaber. "This declaration gives the resources and tools we need to respond and protect people, property, and Oregon's natural areas."
The governor added that this is a crisis that should server as a reminder that each Oregonian has a responsibility to help prevent new wildfires.
The Oregon National Guard is now authorized to deploy firefighting assets as needed throughout the fire season based on threat and resource shortfalls.