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Oregon Fire Marshal Jim Walker resigns amid raging fires

The Oregon fire marshal resigned Saturday just hours after the state governor put him on administrative leave. Oregon State Police refused to release Jim Walker’s suspension reasons, but Oregonian he reported that Walker had largely handed over his responsibilities to his deputy boss, Mariana Ruiz-Temple, and that Superintendent Travis Hampton, his immediate superior, had lost faith in him. Hampton appointed Ruiz-Temple as fire marshal in his place. Local Oregon politicians had made multiple public statements that the state had failed to coordinate a unified response to the fires. Hampton said in a statement, “Mariana is taking this position as Oregon is in an unprecedented crisis that requires an urgent response. This response and circumstances necessitated a change of leadership. ”The historic wildfires, the largest of any recorded fire season, devastated Oregon last week, incinerating entire rural towns and killing at least seven people.

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