- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has issued an emergency declaration in response to wildfires.

Kitzhaber’s verbal declaration on Wednesday enables the Oregon National Guard to assist with firefighting as needed.

Kitzhaber says the declaration will help protect people, property and natural areas.

Hot and dry weather has fueled a number of wildfires across Oregon, forcing evacuations and closing roadways.

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