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Oregon Bulletin

October 1, 2011

EXECUTIVE ORDERS

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 11 - 08

INVOCATION OF EMERGENCY CONFLAGRATION ACT FOR THE ELK FIRE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Pursuant to my authority as Governor of the State of Oregon, I find that:

A fire known as the “Elk Fire” is burning in Jefferson County, near the city of Madras, Oregon.

The resources necessary for protecting life and property from the Elk Fire are beyond local capabilities. Assistance with life, safety, and structural fire protection was requested by the Jefferson County Fire Defense 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 the Elk Fire in Jefferson 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 6:00 p.m. on August 22, 2011 and I now confirm them with this Executive Order.

NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DIRECTED AND ORDERED:

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 Elk fire, burning near Madras, may be redistributed by the State Fire Marshal.

2. This emergency is declared only for the Elk Fire threatening structures in Jefferson County, and the city of Madras.

3. This order was made by verbal proclamation at 6:00 p.m. the 22nd day of August, 2011.

Done at Portland, Oregon this 26th day of August, 2011.

                                                                    /s/ John A. Kitzhaber

                                                                    John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

                                                                    GOVERNOR

 

                                                                    ATTEST

 

                                                                    /s/ Kate Brown

                                                                    Kate Brown

                                                                    SECRETARY OF STATE

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 11 - 09

INVOCATION OF EMERGENCY CONFLAGRATION
ACT FOR THE HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX FIRE IN
JEFFERSON COUNTY

Pursuant to my authority as Governor of the State of Oregon, I find that:

The fire known as the “High Cascades Complex Fire” is burning in Jefferson County, near the City of Warm Springs, Oregon.

The resources necessary for protecting life and property from the High Cascades Complex Fire are beyond local capabilities. Assistance with life, safety, and structural fire protection was requested by the Warm Springs 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 High Cascades Complex Fire in Jefferson 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 8:07 p.m. on August 27, 2011, and I now confirm them with this Executive Order.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DIRECTED AND ORDERED:

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 High Cascades Complex Fire, burning near Warm Springs, may be redistributed by the State Fire Marshal.

2. This emergency is declared only for the High Cascades Complex Fire threatening structures in Jefferson County, and the City of Warm Springs.

3. This order was made by verbal proclamation at 8:07 p.m. the 27th day of August, 2011.

Done at Salem Oregon, this 7th day of September, 2011.

                                                                    /s/ John A. Kitzhaber

                                                                    John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

                                                                    GOVERNOR

 

                                                                    ATTEST

 

                                                                    /s/ Kate Brown

                                                                    Kate Brown

                                                                    SECRETARY OF STATE

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 11 - 10

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. While the State had a late onset of fire season due to favorable weather in June and July, conditions have changed and extreme burning conditions now exist in northeast and central Oregon where fire danger indicators are significantly above average. High fire danger also exists in southwest Oregon. The extended forecast calls for continued warmer and drier than normal conditions over many parts of the state. The imminent threat of wildfire exists over a broad area of the state including forests in the Cascades and eastern and southern Oregon. In fact, several large fires are currently burning in the state in remote and difficult terrain.

With over 2100 firefighters currently engaged in the effort, there is a need for immediate access to the unique air ambulance services that only the Oregon National Guard can provide due to their night and hoist capabilities. 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 of the State for the performance of air ambulance service with hoist capability to respond immediately in the case of a firefighter injury in remote parts of the state.

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 air ambulance services, extended stand-by, and for the purpose of life saving mission assignments as needed. 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 1:17 p.m. on the 31st day of August, 2011.

Done at Salem Oregon, this 7th day of September, 2011.

                                                                    /s/ John A. Kitzhaber

                                                                    John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

                                                                    GOVERNOR

 

                                                                    ATTEST

 

                                                                    /s/ Kate Brown

                                                                    Kate Brown

                                                                    SECRETARY OF STATE

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 11 - 11

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 wildfire exists over a broad area of the State including forests in the Cascades and eastern and southern Oregon. One fire on the Mt Hood National Forest now threatens the water supply of the City of Portland and critical electrical power infrastructure.

With the firefighting aircraft of the nation fully committed, unfilled orders for large helicopters on Oregon fires and the threat of more 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 are authorized to coordinate the use of personnel and equipment of the State for wildland firefighting 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 wildland firefighting. 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.

Done at Salem, Oregon, this 7th day of September, 2011.

                                                                    /s/ John A. Kitzhaber

                                                                    John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

                                                                    GOVERNOR

 

                                                                    ATTEST

 

                                                                    /s/ Kate Brown

                                                                    Kate Brown

                                                                    SECRETARY OF STATE

 


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