(Salem, OR) — At 9:16 p.m. Sunday, Governor Kate Brown approved an emergency conflagration declaration for the Klondike Fire in Curry County. At the time of the declaration, 100 homes in Agness were threatened and some were under level 3 mandatory evacuation orders. Easterly winds blowing up to 35 mph are fanning the flames. Residents are urged to not do any outdoor burning, debris, or otherwise because embers can be carried a long ways and cause spot fires to the west.
“To ensure the safety of those in harms way and their homes, I am invoking an emergency conflagration declaration for the Klondike Fire, ” said Governor Brown. “This declaration will send additional resources to the front lines of the fire. Please keep the families displaced by this fire and the firefighters on the scene in your thoughts as we continue to experience an active wildfire season.”
In accordance with state law Governor Brown determined that a threat to a life, safety, and property exists due to fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. The Governor’s declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire.