Portland, OR—Governor Kate Brown today invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Cougar Peak Fire burning in Lake County. The fire is estimated to be 3,500 acres in size, and there are Level 1 and 3 evacuations in place. The Office of the State Fire Marshal Blue Incident Management Team will assume unified command with the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 8.
"As we are observing National Preparedness Month this September—and as we are still facing wildfires this season—now is a good time for Oregonians to make a preparedness plan and get 2 Weeks Ready,” said Governor Brown. “A good first step is to sign up to receive emergency notifications by visiting oralert.gov. I encourage all Oregonians to understand wildfire risks, pay attention to fire restrictions, and be sure to check in with friends and family members who may need help to get disaster prepared."
In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exist due to the Cougar Peak 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 and further support a coordinated response.
The Office of the State Marshal’s Blue Incident Management Team and four taskforces have been mobilized.
Additional updates for the incident may be accessed at:
• Oregon State Fire Marshal Facebook page
• South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership Facebook page
Information on wildfire prevention and preparedness may be accessed at:
• 2 Weeks Ready
• Keep Oregon Green
• Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery
• Office of Emergency Management