Federal authorities rejected pleas for firefighting help just as wildfire season was heating up according to Oregon Governor Kate Brown.
When the Eagle Creek Fire blew up over Labor Day weekend, Governor Brown said officials threw every resource they could at it, but Brown says she wanted more.
“I talked with the federal authorities two weeks ago, asking for additional federal assistance,” Governor Brown said. “I was told point-blank ‘no’.”
The U.S. Forest Service has helped, and Oregon expects the arrival of 200 active duty military from Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington. Brown suggests the feds should do more, considering all the scorched forest in Oregon.
“Right now, over 500,000 acres are burning in Oregon,” Brown Said. “Of the acreage burning nationally, it’s roughly 1.8 million acres.”
The Chetco Bar Fire in southwest Oregon is the largest fire in the country. It had threatened Brookings, but now it’s moving toward Grants Pass.
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