Governor Kate Brown Warns Oregon’s Fire Season To Likely Get Worse

SALEM, Ore. – Firefighters in Oregon are fighting 9 major wildfires, including the largest in the nation.

Governor Kate Brown, at today’s news briefing, warned the situation will likely get worse.

The Bootleg Fire at nearly 400,000 acres is larger than the city of Los Angeles.

It’s currently only 30% contained.

The Governor blamed “climate change” for the destructive fires and said she is working on legislation for climate action.

Oregon Department of Forestry Chief of Fire Protection, Doug Grafe, blamed the drought and extreme heat for the early start to the fire season.

He said the fires have already burned 17 times the 10-year average of acres burned on ODF protected lands.

Watch today’s press conference here:

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