Portland Business Journal by Suzanne Stevens, Web editor
Hot, windy and dry conditions, combined with the threat of thunderstorms, prompted the designation, which authorizes the immediate use of National Guard helicopters to aid in fighting the burning Barry Point Fire, among others, and the use of additional crews and resources as needed.
National firefighting resources are already stretched thin fighting large, complex fires burning in other parts of the country.
“Oregon and the nation are heading into a challenging stretch of fire season,” said Kitzhaber in a statement. “As national firefighting resources are constricted, my top priority is to ensure the state is able to effectively contain wildfires to keep the public and our firefighters safe.”
Already, six significant fires are burning over 130,000 acres in Oregon and more than a million acres has burned over the past six weeks.