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Conflagration FAQs
 
What is the Conflagration Act?
The Office of State Fire Marshal assists and supports the Oregon fire service during major emergency operations through the Conflagration Act.
 
In accordance with the terms of Chapter 112, Oregon Laws of 1947, known as "The Emergency Conflagration Act", it is, " the duty of the State Fire Marshal  to prepare plans for effective carrying out the provisions of this act..." The Emergency Conflagration Act can only be authorized by the Governor. The Conflagration Act is only used for fires that involve or threaten life and structures.
 
How is the Conflagration Act invoked?
The local fire chief and County Fire Defense Board Chief assess the incident status with the following kinds of questions in mind:

  • Are there structure fires not controlled due to sheer size and/or speed of the fire?
  • Is a wildland fire threatening structures?
  • Have all local and mutual aid resources been depleted?
  • Would mobile support resources be effective?
If the answers are yes, then the County Fire Defense Board Chief notifies the State Fire Marshal through the Oregon Emergency Response System. The State Fire Marshal decides, in discussion with the County Fire Defense Board Chief, if the situation warrants Conflagration Act implementation. Once decided, the State Fire Marshal notifies the governor, who authorizes the act to be invoked. At this point, the Fire Service Mobilization Plan becomes effective.
 
What is the Fire Service Mobilization Plan?

The Fire Service Mobilization Plan is a guide for OSFM personnel and emergency responders to use during times of emergency. The plan establishes operating procedures for the most practical utilization of state resources for all hazard emergencies which are beyond the capabilities of the local resources. It assumes the prior existence of mutual aid agreements, which organize district and regional incident forces to cope with local emergencies.

2011 Conflagration Activity
North River Road Fire
North River Road Fire was declared a conflagration by Governor John Kitzhaber on August 18, 2011.  The declaration authorized the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resouces battling the fire.
 
Press Releases from the Office of State Fire Marshal
August 19, 2011 - Initial Press Release 
August 19, 2011 - 1545 Press Release
 
 
Elk Fire
Elk Fire began on private property near Madras, Oregon and was declared a conflagration by Governor John Kitzhaber on August 22, 2011.  The declaration authorized the State Fire Marshal to mobilize the Incident Management Team as well as two Task Forces to assist local resources battling the fire.
 
Press Releases from the Office of State Fire Marshal
August 23, 2011 - Initial Press Release 
August 23, 2011 - 1715 Press Release 
 
 
High Cascades Complex
The High Cascades Complex consists of three named fires:  The Razorback, Powerline, and West Hills.  The complex was declared a conflagration by Governor John Kitzhaber on August 27, 2011.  The declaration authorized the State Fire Marshal to mobilize the Incident Management Team and additional resources to assist local resources in the protection of threatened structures.
 
High Cascade Complex Red Team Report 
 
Press Releases from the Office of State Fire Marshal
August 28, 2011 - 1505 Press Release 
August 29, 2011 - 1445 Press Release 
September 2, 2011 - 1530 Press Release 
 
Press Releases from unified command
August 31, 2011 - 1500 Press Release
September 1, 2011 - 1400 Press Release
2010 Conflagration Activity
D Harris
D. Harris Conflagration structural threat lessons
D. Harris Conflagration update
D. Harris fire in Wasco County declared a Conflagration 

2009 Conflagration Activity
Siskiyou Fire
 
Governor Theodore Kulongoski has declared the Siskiyou Fire burning just outside of Ashland a conflagration. The declaration authorizes the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.
 
Press Release from the Governor's Office
September 21, 2009 - Governor Kulongoski Invokes Emergency Conflagration Act 
 
Press Release from the Office of State Fire Marshal
September 23, 2009 - Deer Ridge and Siskiyou Fire Conflagration subsides
September 22, 2009 - State Fire Marshal deploys resources to fire Siskiyou Fire 
 
For further information on the fire visit Jackson County Emergency Management website.
 

Deer Ridge Fire
 
Governor Theodore Kulongoski has declared the Deer Ridge Fire burning near Medford a conflagration. The declaration authorizes the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.
 
Press Release from the Governor's Office
September 22, 2009 - Governor Kulongoski Invokes Emergency Conflagration Act 
 
Press Release form the Office of State Fire Marshal
September 23, 2009 - Deer Ridge and Siskiyou Fire Conflagration subsides
 
For further information on the fire visit Jackson County Emergency Management website.
 
The following is an open letter of appreciation from Oregon's Red Incident Management Team to the residents of Medford and Ashland.

The Microwave Fire
 
Governor Theodore Kulongoski has declared the Microwave Fire near Mosier in Wasco County a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire. The request to invoke the Oregon Conflagration Act was made by Wasco County Fire Defense Board Chief Bob Palmer.
 
Press Releases from the Oregon Department of Forestry and State Fire Marshal Incident Management Team
August 30, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - Microwave Fire Update 
August 29, 2009, 8:00 p.m. - Microwave Fire Update 
August 29, 2009, 3:00 p.m. - Microwave Fire Update 
August 29, 2009 - Microwave Fire Update 
 
 
Press Release from the Governor's Office
August 28, 2009 - Microwave Fire in Wasco County Declared a Conflagration 
 
 
Press Release from the Office of State Fire Marshal
August 28, 2009 - City of Mosier under evacuation as Governor declares a Conflagration 

2008 Conflagration Activitiy
Royce Butte
 
Governor Theodore Kulongoski has declared the Royce Butte fire 12 miles west of Crescent Lake as a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire. The request to invoke the Oregon Conflagration Act was made by Klamath County Fire Defense Board Chief John Ketchum.
 
Press Release
September 17, 2008 Royce Butte Fire in Klamath County Declared a Conflagration
September 18, 2008 Royce Butte Conflagration Situation Report #1
September 18, 2008 Royce Butte evacuees allowed to return home as demobilizing begins

2007 Conflagration Activity
GW Fire
Governor Theodore Kulongoski declared the GW Fire located near Black Butte as the state’s second conflagration of 2007. The declaration cleared the way for State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire. The request to invoke the Oregon Conflagration Act was made by Deschutes County Fire Defense Board Chief Tay Robertson.
 
     OSFM Situation Report
     05 September 2007 GW Fire Conflagration Situation Report 2
     04 September 2007 GW Fire Conflagration Situation Report 1
 

 

Egley Complex
Governor Theodore Kulongoski declared the Egley Complex fire located west of Hines as the state’s first conflagration of 2007.
 
     OSFM Situation Report
     12 July 2007 OSFM situation Report-Egley Complex 
     11 July 2007 OSFM Situation Report-Egley Complex 
     10 July 2007 OSFM Situation Report-Egley Complex 
 
     Press Release
     July 11, 2007 Egley Complex Structural Threat Lessens 
     July 10, 2007 Egley Complex fire in eastern Oregon declared a Conflagration


Conflagration Archive
2006
 
Black Crater Fire
Governor Theodore Kulongoski declared the Black Crater fire located just seven miles southwest of the Deschutes County town of Sisters the second conflagration in one week.  Invoking Oregon’s Conflagration Act allowed the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

     OSFM Situation Reports 
     8/02/2006  OSFM Situation Report #7 Black Crater Fire
     8/01/2006  OSFM Situation Report #6 Black Crater Fire
     7/31/2006  OSFM Situation Report #5 Black Crater Fire
     7/30/2006  OSFM Situation Report #4 Black Crater Fire
     7/29/2006  OSFM Situation Report #3 Black Crater Fire
     7/28/2006  OSFM Situation Report #2 Black Crater Fire
     7/27/2006  OSFM Situation Report #1 Black Crater Fire
 
     OSFM Press Releases
     8/02/2006  Black Crater Conflagration subsides
     8/01/2006  Citizens and firefighters begin returning home as Black Crater Fire is contained 
     7/31/2006  Threat from Black Crater Conflagration significantly reduced
     7/30/2006  Firefighters make significant progress fighting the Black Crater Conflagration
     7/29/2006  More evacuations in Black Crater Conflagration 
     7/29/2006  State Fire Marshal doubles structural protection for the Black Crater Fire
     7/28/2006  Structural firefighters protect homes in Black Crater Conflagration near Sisters 
     7/27/2006  Black Crater Fire near Sisters declared as Oregon's second conflagration

Black Crater Conflagration Photos July 29, 2006:    
All photos courtesy of Clackmas County Structural Task Force leader Canby Division Chief Troy Buzalsky. Click here to view the Black Crater Photo Gallery.


McLean Creek Fire
Governor Kulongoski declared the McLean Creek Fire a conflagration and approved resource response on July 24, 2006. The McLean Fire is in an unprotected area in eastern Baker county.

     OSFM Situation Reports
    
7/31/2006  OSFM Situation Report #7 McLean Creek Fire
     7/30/2006  OSFM Situation Report #6 McLean Creek Fire
     7/29/2006  OSFM Situation Report #5 McLean Creek Fire
     7/28/2006  OSFM Situation Report #4 McLean Creek Fire
     7/27/2006  OSFM Situation Report #3 McLean Creek Fire
     7/26/2006  OSFM Situation Report #2 McLean Creek Fire
     7/25/2006  OSFM Situation Report #1 McLean Creek Fire

     OSFM Press Releases
     7/30/2006  McLean Creek Conflagration considered stable
     7/29/2006  Citizens awareness after McLean Creek Conflagration
     7/28/2006  Structural fire task forces begin demobilizing from McLean Creek Conflagration
     7/27/2006  Crews work all night protecting structures from the McLean Creek Conflagration
     7/26/2006  Structural firefighters protect homes threatened by McLean Creek Conflagration
     7/25/2006  McLean Creek Fire in Eastern Oregon declared a Conflagration

McLean Creek Conflagration Photos
July 26, 2006: Photos sent by Office of State Fire Marshal overhead team communication technician via satellite communication system. They illustrate the dramatic action of fire burning quickly downhill toward structures. At least a dozen homes would have been destroyed but for the mobilized structural firefighters.  Click here for photos.
 

2005
 
Deer Creek Fire

     Daily Activity Reports
     

08:25 08/26/0508:35 08/28/05 
12:12 08/26/0510:22 08/28/05 
12:35 08/26/0511:55 08/28/05 
14:10 08/26/0508:30 08/29/05 
16:04 08/26/05 16:00 08/29/05
10:50 08/27/05 
          
 
     Press Releases
     August 30: Illinois Valley locals show support for firefighters
     August 29: Deer Creek Conflagration wrapping up
     August 28: Deer Creek Conflagration forty percent contained
     August 27: Deer Creek Conflagration continues
     August 26: Southwest Oregon Deer Creek Fire first conflagration declared since 2003