Oregon Fire Marshal Jim Walker resigns amid wildfire

Oregon’s fire marshal resigned on Saturday, when the state’s governor placed him on administrative leave. The Oregon State Police declined to release the reasons for Jim Walker’s suspension, but The oregon Walker was reported to have largely relinquished his responsibilities to his chief deputy, Marianna Ruiz-Temple, and superintendent Travis Hampton, who was at his best, lost confidence in him. Hampton appointed Ruiz-Temple as fire marshal in his place. Local Oregon politicians had made several public statements that the state had failed to coordinate a unified response to the fire. Hampton said in a statement, “Marianna considers this situation because Oregon is in an unprecedented crisis that demands an immediate response. This response and circumstances required a leadership change. “Historical blasts, in any recorded fire season, have ravaged Oregon in the past week, ravaged entire rural towns and killed at least seven people.

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