Portland, OR—Governor Kate Brown today invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Grandview Fire that broke out in Jefferson County Sunday afternoon. The fire is estimated to be 2,000 acres in size and is located near Culver, where there are Level 3 evacuations in place. The fire is also threatening structures in Jefferson and Deschutes Counties. The Office of the State Fire Marshal Red Incident Management Team will be briefed this afternoon, assume unified command with the Oregon Department of Forestry, and will work to bring resources from counties around Oregon to assist in the response.
“With several large fires burning throughout Oregon, I want to reiterate how important it is for all Oregonians to be prepared and to remain vigilant about fire prevention, especially with activities that could spark fires," said Governor Brown.
In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exist due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.
The Governor's declaration cleared the way for the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.
The Office of the State Marshal mobilized a taskforce from Marion County to address the immediate need on the Grandview Fire Sunday evening. On Monday, the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Red Incident Management Team was mobilized, along with three additional taskforces to support the protection of life and structures. OSFM personnel responded with a Communications Unit and a cache trailer loaded with incident support supplies, tools to enhance defensible space around structures, and other provisions firefighters need to inhabit a fire camp.
Additional updates for the incident may be accessed at:
• Oregon State Fire Marshal Facebook page
• Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page