SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency for the entire state “due to the imminent and ongoing threat of wildfire.”
Brown authorized the declaration Saturday night as a wildfire threatened homes in southern Oregon near the community of Galice.
The declaration clears state agencies to suspend rules that might impede a fire response and also readies the Oregon National Guard to “deploy and redeploy firefighting resources as needed.”
Much of the state is in drought condition and the National Weather Service has forecast higher-than-normal temperatures for much of the state through mid-September.
“Much of the state continues to experience high temperatures, wind, storms with dry lightning and persistent drought,” Brown said in her executive order declaring the emergency.
“The extended climate forecast in Oregon calls for continued warm and dry conditions, resulting in . . .