Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act yesterday in response to the Elbow Creek Fire that broke out in Wallowa County Friday morning. The fire is estimated to be 10,940 acres in size and is located near Troy where there are Level 3 evacuations in place. An Office of the State Fire Marshal Incident Management Team will be briefed today, will be in unified command with Incident Management Teams already in place, and will work to bring resources from counties around Oregon to assist in the response.
"With fires burning around the state and continued dry weather, I want to remind all Oregonians to be extremely cautious with any activities that could spark fires," said Governor Brown. "I also want to urge Oregonians to make sure they and their families are safe by being prepared to respond to wildfires. Preparedness is more important than ever as fire seasons continue to start earlier and last longer."
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's Blue Incident Management Team has been mobilized. 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
• Oregon Department of Forestry Facebook Page
• Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Facebook Page
Information on wildfire prevention and preparedness may be accessed at:
• Keep Oregon Green
• Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery
• Office of Emergency Management