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Wildfire Resources – Stay Informed, Stay Safe

September 9, 2020
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NW Oregon is facing significant wildfire threats. This is an extremely dangerous situation, and dry, warm temperatures are escalating conditions. Here are some helpful resources so you can stay updated on the situation and keep you and your family safe:

  • Sign up for emergency notifications.
    • For Washington and Multnomah County residents, sign up here
    • Yamhill County residents can sign up here.
    • Clatsop County residents can sign up here.
    • Columbia County residents can sign up here.
  • Be sure to closely monitor wildfire evacuation orders for your area and listen to local officials. A guide to understanding the evacuation levels can be found here and below. Tips for how to prepare for an evacuation can be found here. The Red Cross is offering temporary evacuation and shelter locations for those who need to leave their homes.
  • Oregon Smoke Information updates an interactive map with the locations of current fires and the latest information about air quality advisories. They also offer a free OregonAIR app for iPhone and Android.
  • Wildfire smoke can be dangerous, especially for children, people who are over 65, and those with preexisting conditions. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality noted that not all masks provide equal protection from smoke. Tips on how to stay healthy can be found here.
  • Multnomah County’s smoke and wildfire guide also includes tips on how to protect your family.
  • Some may be experiencing power outages from safety shutoffs or weather conditions. A map of Portland General Electric’s current power outages can be found here and Pacific Power’s outage map is here. Information about safety power shutoffs can be found here.
  • Many roads may be closed because of the fires. If possible, remain close to home. If you must travel, be cautious and please check Oregon Department of Transportation’s TripCheck for the latest conditions – which can change rapidly – before you go.
  • As firefighters continue working to control these wildfires amid high winds, there is still a significant risk for more fires to start. We must all be vigilant and avoid doing anything that could create sparks.
  • Updates about Oregon Employment Department operations can be found here.
  • ​Businesses cannnot price-gouge Oregonians for lodging and other essential goods and services due to the wildfires. If you believe you have been subjected to excessive prices you can report any instances to the Oregon Department of Justice through their Consumer Protection hotline at 877-877-9392. 
  • Pets and animals are also vulnerable to wildfires. Tips for how to keep them safe can be found here. Most evacuation fairgrounds accept livestock.

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Please do what you can to protect your health - especially important during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Limit exposure to smoke by staying indoors when possible.
  • Remain informed on conditions and plan ahead. 
  • If you have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. 
  • Learn more here.
  • The Oregon Health Authority has also released fact sheets about how to protect your health against wildfire smoke in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Somali, and Vietnamese. More languages will come soon. They can be found here. 

I will continue to share additional resources as they become available. My thoughts are with our firefighters, first responders, and everyone who has evacuated or is at risk.