GLENDALE, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber says 2013 poses the worst fire threat in a decade, and says the state is seeking assistance from other states and Canada.
Kitzhaber says he will brief the leadership of the Legislature this weekend on the conditions of two wildfires, including one burning more than 30,000 acres in southwest Oregon.
Kitzhaber toured the area near the lightning-sparked Douglas Complex of wildfires in Glendale on Saturday.
Nearly 4,500 firefighters statewide are battling the blazes that have charred more than 40,000 acres of forestland in the state.
Kitzhaber says one of his chief concerns is the Big Windy complex of fires in Josephine and Curry counties, which has not been contained and is burning on more than 6,000 acres.