Springfield City Manager Nancy Newton issued a State of Emergency declaration for the City of Springfield yesterday out of concern for the health, safety, and welfare of Springfield residents. The McKenzie River corridor is experiencing a severe wildfire that has put lives at risk and caused wide spread damage to properties in Lane County.

Earlier today, a portion of the City of Springfield was issued a Level 1 evacuation notice.

In a continued effort to keep our community safe, fire prohibitions are now in effect. Use of any of the following are prohibited during the declared state of emergency:

  • Use of any open flame, spark producing or heat emitting tool, equipment or process capable of igniting a fire;
  • Any recreational fire; and
  • Any outdoor barbeque, grill, or smoker, except for those using gas or electricity that can be shut off immediately.

These prohibitions are in effect until September 22 unless ended earlier by City Council.