The Oregon State Police announced Saturday that it has appointed a new state fire marshal.

Mariana Ruiz-Temple is now Oregon’s acting state fire marshal. OSP said former Fire Marshal Jim Walker has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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“Mariana is assuming this position as Oregon is in an unprecedented crisis which demands an urgent response,” OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton said in a statement. "This response and the circumstances necessitated a leadership change. I have the absolute confidence in Mariana to lead OSFM operations through this critical time. She is tested, trusted and respected — having the rare combination of technical aptitude in field operations and administration.”

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Shortly after the announced change, Walker offered to resign his post, and Hampton accepted that resignation, effective immediately.

OSP did not state a reason for the change in leadership. Ruiz-Temple steps into the position as more than 1 million acres in Oregon have burned due to continuing wildfires.

Ruiz-Temple was previously chief deputy state fire marshal.

“Mariana has led with grace, transparency and courage,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement. “She embodies the experience Oregon needs to face this crisis, in this moment.”

Walker had been the state’s fire marshal since 2014.

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