On Tuesday, September 8, Oregon Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for the Beachie Creek and Lions Head Fires in Santiam Canyon, and the Holiday Farm Fire near Mackenzie Bridge. The invocation of the act authorizes additional resources to be mobilized to fight the fires and the State Fire Marshal has already begun mobilizing resources. Governor Brown stated that the fires posed a threat to life, safety, and property, and exceed the local firefighting capabilities. A State of Emergency was also declared by county officials in Marion county on Tuesday due to the Beachie Creek Fire.
Firefighters are battling dozens of fires across the state and local authorities have issued evacuation orders for many communities and closed a number of roads. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for the north and central Oregon coast through Wednesday, September 9, with windy and dry conditions forecast.
Further spread of the fires is likely in the near term. An emergency response presence and localized transportation disruptions, namely road closures, should be anticipated in the affected areas.
Those in the vicinity of the fires are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, anticipate possible transport disruption due to firefighting operations and road closures, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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