Governor invokes Emergency Conflagration Act in response to Beaver Complex Fire

, Posted: Fri, August 1 2014 at 11:25 PM, Updated: Fri, August 1 2014 at 11:35 PM

  Jackson County, Ore -- The State Fire Marshal is in Central Point helping organize crews from Oregon and California.

  Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act. A Conflagration is essentially a step below a state of emergency and releases funds for agencies from all over the area to come to Southern Oregon and fight fires as a unified team.

  Clackamas Fire, Cal fire, Gresham fire and a handful of other agencies are all staging at Touvelle State Park under the new leadership of the State Fire Marshal's office.

  That's where agency leaders met tonight to discuss what to do next as the Beaver Complex fires continue to burn.

  With the governor's approval there's now a combined effort to fight these fires.

  "We've got an immediate threat, we've got weather, all those other components, this just brings the additional resources in just to help us out locally, and we'll get back to business," said Don Hickman with the State Fire Marshal's office.

   In addition to more crews, the State approved at least three new large Wildland engines for service. One of those engines is already working the Gulch fire.

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