Oregon Fires – 2020
Our beautiful Oregon is burning and our hearts are heavy seeing communities, homes, businesses, and lives lost. With conditions changing rapidly and weather conditions not appearing to be favorable, now more than ever is time for our community to come together to support each other through these incredibly challenging and heartbreaking times. Thank you to all the firefighters, medical officials, first responders, volunteers, and local residents for your bravery, kindness, service, and community support. ?
We’ve compiled a list of local resources below and will continue to update as more information becomes available:
Fires & hotspots map
Oregon closures – schools, parks, services, businesses
Road conditions & closures
- Interactive map of road conditions, closures, & traffic cameras
- Running list of statewide road closures – Statesman Journal
Air quality index
Support & assistance locations
The Red Cross is now providing support and assistance at the following locations:
- Oregon State Fairgrounds: 2330 17th St. NE, Salem
- Oregon Convention Center: 1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland
- Springfield High School/Silky Field: 875 7th St., Springfield
- Deschutes County Fairgrounds: 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond
- Jackson County Expo: 1 Peninger Rd., Central Point
- Newport Recreation Center: 225 SE Avery St., Newport
- Douglas County Fairgrounds: 2110 Frear St., Roseburg
- Kla-Mo-Ya Casino: 34333 Us-97, Chiloquin
Community and local partners are also providing support at the following locations:
- Josephine County Fairgrounds: 1451 Fairgrounds Rd., Grants Pass
- Parkway Christian Center: 229 NE Beacon Dr., Grants Pass
- Newberg High School: 2400 Douglas Ave., Newberg
- Yamhill Church, Newberg
- Linn County Expo Center: 3700 Knox Butte Rd. E, Albany
Anyone in need of assistance due to the fires can show up to speak with the Red Cross. (*updated 9/11/20)
If you’ve been evacuated due to any of the fires in Oregon, you can let family and friends know you are safe by using the Red Cross Safe & Well site or download the Red Cross Emergency App to mark yourself safe.
How to help
The state set up a website, the Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster, where people can find an emergency resource map of organizations accepting help and donations.
American Red Cross: For the safety of shelter residents and workers, the Red Cross is unable to accept material donations of any kind right now. Due to increased safety measures for COVID-19, storing, sorting, cleaning, and distributing donated items could be risky.
If you are interested in making a financial donation, please visit redcross.org/donate or call 800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
To register to volunteer, please go to redcross.org/volunteer. American Red Cross volunteers are helping those evacuated from Oregon wildfires at different evacuation points throughout the state. The extra support is always welcome, the Red Cross said on Facebook.
There are also six blood banks throughout Oregon accepting donations.
For more information on how to help out locally, here are three Oregon-based Red Cross chapters:
Keep Oregon Green is an association dedicated to wildfire education and awareness. Donations to Keep Oregon Green will go toward awareness, education, and action — a $1,500 contribution becomes $3,000 worth of outreach, the organization said. One hundred percent of the money donated to Keep Oregon Green goes directly to educating the public; state dollars take care of operating costs.
As posted on the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Facebook page: Fire, smoke and debris are causing road closures across much of Oregon with limited visibility. Critical first responders and evacuees need every possible access road clear to get people to safety. Let’s keep the highways and roads clear for those who need them most. For those who aren’t evacuating, the safest option is to stay off the roads — It’s the best way to help right now. ODOT crews are working hard around the clock and appreciate your cooperation and support.
How to help animals & wildlife
Please call your nearest wildlife hospital if you find an injured animal escaping from a fire:
- Chintimini Wildlife Center
- Wildlife Images Rehabilitation & Education Center Portland Audubon
- Blue Mountain Wildlife
- Wildlife Center of the North Coast
The Oregon Humane Society has extended their phone hours to help pet-owners affected by the wildfires and their team is now available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to connect you with resources for domestic animals. If you have been evacuated, OHS can provide supplies and pet food so you can keep your pet with you. They have also created space in their shelter for emergency boarding. Call 503-285-7722 and press 0 to speak with someone. (*updated Sept. 12)
Evacuation alerts & levels
The Central Oregon area (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties) has adopted the following evacuation levels listed below. Please refer to the following descriptions and utilize the below links for information on ongoing emergency situations and make sure you are receiving emergency alerts to ensure you stay safe:
Level 1: Means “BE READY“ for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.
Level 2: Means “BE SET” to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntary relocate to a shelter or with family and friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.
Level 3: Means “GO” evacuate now. Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuation immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive.
Evacuation tips: Be prepared so you are ready to GO
Things change fast during a wildfire. There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, but one thing you can do is get prepared in case you need to evacuate. If you must evacuate for any reason, be sure to bring:
- An emergency food and water supply – tips and more info
- An emergency medicine supply; Make a plan to keep medications that need refrigeration cold – tips and more info
- Emergency power sources for medical devices and flashlights (don’t forget extra batteries) – tips and more info
- Safety and personal items, including a face covering and hand sanitizer to protect against COVID. Face coverings do not protect against wildfire smoke
- Important documents, including medical documents, wills, passports, and personal identification – tips and more info
- Reduce smoke in your vehicle by closing your windows and vents and running your car’s air conditioner in recirculate mode to lower air intake from outside and to stay cool. Check www.tripcheck.com to help plan a safe route
Source: Oregon Health Authority – more info here
Who to follow for updates
- Oregon Office of Emergency Management: Twitter | Facebook
- Central Oregon Emergency Information Network: Facebook | Website
- Red Cross Cascades: Twitter | Facebook
- Oregon Department of Forestry: Twitter | Facebook
- Oregon State Fire Marshal: Twitter | Facebook
- Oregon Department of Transportation: Twitter | Facebook
- Oregon Smoke Info: Twitter | Website
News coverage and updates