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Oregon Bulletin

September 1, 2013

 

EXECUTIVE ORDERS

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 13 - 09

PROCLAMATION OF STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO IMMINENT THREAT OF WILDFIRE

Pursuant to ORS 401.165, I find that the State of Oregon is in a critical fire danger situation. Much of the state is now in extreme fire danger and red flag warnings have been issued for hot, dry, windy conditions and thunderstorms. Other parts of the country continue to experience fires and similar fire weather. The extended forecast in Oregon calls for continued warm and dry conditions over many parts of the State. The imminent threat of fire exists over a broad area of the State. Fires across the state have resulted in multiple evacuations and are threating hundreds of structures.

With Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Teams having been deployed and regional compacts having been utilized, and with the threat of new ignitions in the near future, there is a need for immediate access to Oregon National Guard resources including firefighting helicopters. This threat is not likely to recede in the near future. It is critically important that National Guard resources can be positioned to respond adequately and effectively to this dangerous and dynamic situation.

Therefore, subject to the limitations described below, I hereby declare a statewide State of Emergency due to the imminent threat of wildfire.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS DIRECTED AND ORDERED:

1. The Oregon Military Department through its Office of Emergency Management and the Oregon Department of Forestry is authorized to coordinate the use of personnel and equipment to perform any activity designed to prevent or mitigate loss of life or property due to wildfires in Oregon with National Guard resources.

2. This determination of a fire emergency is statewide. It is not to be construed as a comprehensive declaration or proclamation of emergency for other purposes. It is limited to the use of state resources and personnel for fire management required by the emergency. Any local government requests for state resources must be submitted through county governing bodies to the Office of Emergency Management pursuant to ORS Chapter 401.

3. This order shall remain in effect until the threat is significantly relieved or the fire season ends.

4. This order was made by verbal proclamation at 4:44 pm on the 29th day of July, 2013.

Done at Salem, Oregon this 3rd day of August, 2013.

         /s/ John A. Kitzhaber

         John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

         GOVERNOR

         ATTEST

         /s/ Kate Brown

         Kate Brown

         SECRETARY OF STATE

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 13 - 10

DETERMINATION OF A STATE OF DROUGHT EMERGENCY IN MORROW COUNTY DUE TO DROUGHT AND LOW WATER CONDITIONS.

Pursuant to ORS 401.165 and ORS 536.740, I find that ongoing drought and low water conditions and weather patterns have caused local adverse natural and economic disaster conditions in Morrow County. Projected climatic patterns are not expected to significantly alleviate these conditions and drought conditions will continue. These conditions are expected to have significant economic impact on Morrow County’s agricultural, livestock, and natural resources.

Current conditions are being addressed by state agencies including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Water Resources, and Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

A timely response to this situation being vital to the well being and economic security of the citizens and businesses of Morrow County, I am therefore declaring a “state of drought emergency” in Morrow County and directing the following activities;

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AND DIRECTED:

1. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is directed to coordinate and provide assistance in seeking federal resources available to mitigate conditions and affect agricultural recovery in Morrow County.

2. The Department of Water Resources is directed to coordinate and provide assistance and regulation in Morrow County as it determines is necessary in accordance with ORS 536.700 to 536.780.

3. The Office of Emergency Management is directed to coordinate and assist as needed with assessment and mitigation activities to address current and projected conditions in Morrow County.

4. All other departments are directed to coordinate with the above agencies and to provide appropriate state resources as determined essential to assist affected political subdivisions in Morrow County.

5. This Executive Order expires on December 31, 2013.

Done at Salem, Oregon this 14th day of August, 2013.

         /s/ John A. Kitzhaber

         John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

         GOVERNOR

         ATTEST

         /s/ Kate Brown

         Kate Brown

         SECRETARY OF STATE

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 13 - 11

DETERMINATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN DOUGLAS AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES DUE TO EXTREME FIRE

Pursuant to ORS 476.510 through 476.610, I find that an extreme fire has caused and immediately threatens to cause local adverse natural and economic disaster in conditions in Douglas County. The fire was one of several started through lightning strikes in the area. The conditions have resulted in threats to numerous structures, evacuations of several homes, and broad impacts to timber lands.

The high temperatures and erratic winds caused the fire to grow quickly. Approximately 4000 acres were burned. Professional and volunteer firefighters are to be commended for their fire defense efforts and success in limiting damages and protecting life and property under challenging conditions.

The conditions resulting from the Douglas Complex Fire threaten significant economic loss to Douglas County, as well as to the county’s agricultural and natural resource land bases.

A timely response to this situation is vital to the well being and economic security of the citizens and businesses in the region. I am therefore declaring a state of emergency in Douglas County and direct the following activities:

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AND DIRECTED:

1. The Oregon State Fire Marshal shall activate an Incident Management Team to deploy Command and General Staff elements to the fire

2. The Oregon State Fire Marshal shall activate all necessary Task Forces to assist with containment

3. All other departments are directed to coordinate with the above agency and to provide appropriate state resources as determined essential to assist affected political subdivisions in Douglas County

This emergency is declared only for Douglas County and expires on December 31, 2013

These findings were made verbally on July 27, 2013 at 7:09 p.m.

FURTHERMORE

The conditions that exist in Douglas County listed above are also present in Josephine County. The Douglas Complex Fire has spread into Josephine County and threatens several thousand acres, as well as structures, natural resources, and agricultural assets.

IT IS FURTHER HEREBY ORDERED AND DIRECTED:

1. The Oregon State Fire Marshal shall activate an Incident Management Team to deploy Command and General Staff elements to the fire

2. The Oregon State Fire Marshal shall activate all necessary Task Forces to assist with containment

3. All other departments are directed to coordinate with the above agency and to provide appropriate state resources as determined essential to assist affected political subdivisions in Josephine County

This emergency is declared only for Josephine County and expires on December 31, 2013

These findings were made verbally on July 29, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

Done at Salem, Oregon this 27th day of August, 2013.

         /s/ John A. Kitzhaber

         John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

         GOVERNOR

         ATTEST

         /s/ Kate Brown

         Kate Brown

         SECRETARY OF STATE

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 13 - 12

DETERMINATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN GRANT COUNTY DUE TO EXTREME FIRE

Pursuant to ORS 476.510 through 476.610, I find that an extreme fire has caused and immediately threatens to cause local adverse natural and economic disaster in conditions in Grant County. The fire known as the “Grouse Mountain Complex Fire” is burning in Grant County.

The resources necessary for protecting life and property from the Grouse Mountain Complex Fire are beyond local capabilities. Assistance with life, safety, and structural fire protection was requested by the John Day Fire Chief. The State Fire Marshal concurs with that request.

In accordance with ORS 476.510 through 476.610, I have determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to a fire known as the Grouse Mountain Complex Fire in Grant County and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. Accordingly, I have invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act.

These findings were made at 10:26 p.m. on August 8, 2013, and I now confirm them with this Executive Order.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AND DIRECTED:

1. The Oregon State Police and the Office of State Fire Marshal shall mobilize fire resources statewide and coordinate with all appropriate Fire Defense Chiefs for the use of personnel and equipment in accordance with the Emergency Conflagration Act to suppress and contain this fire. Resources responding to the Grouse Mountain Complex Fire, burning near John Day may be redistributed by the State Fire Marshal.

2. This emergency is declared only for the Grouse Mountain Complex Fire threatening structures in Grant County and the city of John Day.

3. This order was made by verbal proclamation at 10:26 p.m. the 8th day of August, 2013.

Done at Salem, Oregon this 27th day of August, 2013.

         /s/ John A. Kitzhaber

         John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

         GOVERNOR

         ATTEST

         /s/ Kate Brown

         Kate Brown

         SECRETARY OF STATE

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 13 - 13

DETERMINATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN WASCO AND HOOD RIVER COUNTIES DUE TO EXTREME FIRE

Pursuant to ORS 476.510 through 476.610, I find that an extreme fire has caused and immediately threatens to cause local adverse natural and economic disaster in conditions in Wasco and Hood River Counties. The fire known as the “Government Flat Complex Fire” is burning in Wasco and Hood River Counties.

The resources necessary for protecting life and property from the Government Flat Complex Fire are beyond local capabilities. Assistance with life, safety, and structural fire protection was requested by the Wasco County Fire Defense Board Chief. The State Fire Marshal concurs with that request.

In accordance with ORS 476.510 through 476.610, I have determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to a fire known as the Government Flat Complex Fire in Wasco and Hood River Counties and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. Accordingly, I have invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act.

These findings were made at 7:36 p.m. on August 17, 2013, and I now confirm them with this Executive Order.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AND DIRECTED:

1. The Oregon State Police and the Office of State Fire Marshal shall mobilize fire resources statewide and coordinate with all appropriate Fire Defense Chiefs for the use of personnel and equipment in accordance with the Emergency Conflagration Act to suppress and contain this fire. Resources responding to the Government Flat Complex Fire, burning near The Dalles may be redistributed by the State Fire Marshal.

2. This emergency is declared only for the Government Flat Complex Fire threatening structures in Wasco and Hood River Counties and the city of The Dalles.

3. This order was made by verbal proclamation at 7:36 p.m. the 17th day of August, 2013.

Done at Salem, Oregon this 27th day of August, 2013.

         /s/ John A. Kitzhaber

         John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

         GOVERNOR

         ATTEST

         /s/ Kate Brown

         Kate Brown

         SECRETARY OF STATE

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