Brown invokes Emergency Conflagration Act for fires burning near Central Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday approved an emergency conflagration declaration for the Beachie Creek, Lionshead, and Holiday Farm Fire.

The Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires were active overnight in the Santiam Canyon. Holiday Farm Fire is active near McKenzie Bridge.

“Almost every year since becoming Governor, I’ve witnessed historic wildfire seasons,” Brown said in a statement. “This past weekend, we experienced significant wind that is fueling wildfires with devastating consequences across Oregon, on top of a dire pandemic. For people and families in the evacuation areas, please listen to local calls to evacuate as needed — these lifesaving measures can protect the lives of you and your loved ones, as well as our firefighters. In addition, I am asking all Oregonians to remain vigilant with any activity that could spark a wildfire during this historic wind event. We all need to do our part to help the many firefighters battling multiple fires across Oregon.”

The fires have prompted immediate evacuation notices for some residents in the area and closed highways between Central Oregon and the Valley.

Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.

The governor’s declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire.

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