Salem, OR—At 12:16 a.m. today, Governor Kate Brown approved a conflagration declaration for the Hugo Road Fire burning in Jackson County. At the time of the declaration, 173 structures were under level 3 mandatory evacuation orders, 92 structures were on a level 2 evacuation notice, and 270 structures were on a level 1 evacuation notice.
"When life and property are at risk, we as a state must do everything we can to support firefighters and the communities they protect," said Governor Brown. "While Labor Day usually marks the end of summer in Oregon, it doesn't bring an end to wildfire season. I ask all Oregonians to use the utmost caution when working, traveling, and camping throughout the state."
In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the 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.