Kitzhaber mobilizes trucks, people to battle blaze

The governor invoked the state's Emergency Conflagration Act on Friday

A wildfire at the Hunter Ranch in Crane, July 21, 2014 (Cashe Davis, Oregon Cattlemen's Association)
A wildfire at the Hunter Ranch in Crane, July 21, 2014 (Cashe Davis, Oregon Cattlemen's Association)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber is opening the door for crews battling wildfires in Southern Oregon to call use local fire engines and other resources.

The governor invoked the state’s Emergency Conflagration Act on Friday. That requires the state police and fire marshal to mobilize equipment, firefighters and other personnel from around the state.

The Oregon Department of Forestry says multiple outbuildings have burned, but there are no reports of injuries from a wildfire that was touched off by lightning along the Oregon-California border.

The blaze led to the evacuation of ranch families east of Ashland.

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