Fire located near Glendale in Douglas County threatens approximately 400 residences
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act on Saturday, July 27, in response to fires burning near Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties.
In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Kitzhaber determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire and that the threat exceeds the fire-fighting capabilities of local fire-fighting personnel and equipment.
By invoking the Emergency Conflagration Act, the Governor ordered the Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Fire Marshal to mobilize fire resources statewide and coordinate with all appropriate Fire Defense Chiefs for the use of personnel and equipment to suppress and contain the fire.
“The fire near Glendale continues to burn, and the State Fire Marshal and the Department of Forestry are working closely with the local community to minimize threats to people and property,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “I have directed all available state resources to help contain the fire and ensure that nearby communities have every resource necessary to protect their citizens.”
This emergency is declared only for the Douglas Complex fire and was effective immediately. The fire has burned approximately 13,400 acres, and some residents have been evacuated. The Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter at the Glendale Elementary School at 100 Pacific Avenue, and a community meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the school to share updates on the fire.
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324