BEND, Ore. -

Based on a recommendation from Bend Fire and Rescue, City Manager Eric King has declared an emergency that began on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Severe weather conditions may result in capacity being reached at local shelters, threatening life and/or property, and creating a need for temporary housing facilities within the city.

The declaration is valid when overnight temperatures are expected to be 25 degrees Fahrenheit or below and area shelters have reached capacity.  The declaration expires on February 28, 2013.