Governor Kitzhaber Boosts Firefighting Effort In SE Oregon

Aug 5, 2013

Governor Kitzhaber and both Oregon US senators received a briefing Saturday in Glendale on the wildfires burning in Southern Oregon. Local, state, and federal agencies informed community members and state legislators on the status of the Douglas Complex Fires.

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service work together to manage wildfires in Oregon
Credit BLM Oregon

Governor Kitzhaber earlier declared a state of emergency and is mobilizing state and federal resources to combat the wildfires. He says the fires in southern Oregon are a high priority for the state and the federal government.

“We are fully deploying all of the resources we have at our disposal: state, federal, and private aviation assets…It's cost close to eighteen to nineteen million dollars.”

More than two-thousand firefighters from around the country are working on the Douglas Complex fires.  The blazes have scorched more than 34-thousand acres so far with 15 percent of the fire contained.

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