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Stouts Creek Fire Prompts Governor Action

July 31, 2015

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown invoked the state's Emergency Conflagration Act Thursday evening as the Stouts Creek Fire encroached on homes in Southwest Oregon.

The wildfire began Thursday afternoon and reached nearly 6,000 acres by the end of the day. The fire threatened about 50 homes 11 miles east of Canyonville in Douglas County.  An additional 300 homes are at risk as hot and dry conditions are expected to fuel the blaze Friday.

"The Stouts Creek Fire has grown very quickly since beginning early
 Thursday and is already putting homes at risk," said Brown in a release early morning Friday. "As
 temperatures rise across Oregon this week, the Stouts Creek Fire has 
explosively grown amid record-setting fuel conditions and extreme

The Emergency Conflagration Act authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist the local crews fighting the blaze. It can only be invoked if a fire posses an immediate threat to life or structures and exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local personnel and equipment, according to ORS 476.510-476.610. The act was last invoked during 2011's wildfire season.

The cause of the Stouts Creek Wildfire remains under investigation.

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A smoke column towers above forestlands 11 miles east of Canyonville.


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