Blaze six miles west of The Dalles threatens 70 homes
(Ashland, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act at 1:05 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6 in response to the Rowena Fire, which threatens 70 homes in the Columbia River Gorge.
The fire started Tuesday evening six miles west of The Dalles and is about 200 acres.
"Today I’m outside of Ashland seeing firsthand the devastation caused by fires in the Beaver Complex. This new blaze in the Columbia River Gorge is equally concerning, and already it threatens Oregonians' homes and puts lives at risk," Governor Kitzhaber said. "We’re acting quickly to deploy more resources to battle the Rowena Fire to help residents and firefighters."
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 firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.
The Governor’s declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.
The emergency was declared for the Rowena Fire only and is effective immediately.