Oregon Wildfire Information and Resources

Friday, September 11, 2020

This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.

The Oregon Health Authority has smoke-related public health information available in numerous languages. The information includes fact sheets on protecting yourself from smoke, public health guidance for schools, and more. View the materials. 

 Oregonians can receive emergency wildfire alerts for individual counties on their mobile phone. This is the best way to receive critical updates as conditions change quickly. Sign up here.

 Air quality advisory issued statewide for Oregon [Aviso sobre la calidad del aire]: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency and the Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency extended an air quality advisory Thursday for all regions of Oregon and Southwest Washington due to fires in Oregon, Washington and California. Read the advisory.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved an emergency declaration for Oregon related to wildfires. The approval allows Oregon to receive federal emergency aid to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts in the areas affected by wildfires.

 Travel Oregon has created a new wildfire information hub for a variety of current wildfire and smoke related information. The site focusses on preparedness, travel and evacuation resources.

State of Oregon battles record 900,000 acres of wildfires, urges public to stay away from fires and heed evacuation warnings: Numerous fires have forced an estimated 500,000 Oregonians to be evacuated, a number that continues to grow. The public is urged to check local county websites for information on evacuation orders, which may include email and text message notifications. Read more.

 Governor Kate Brown declares abnormal market disruption due to wildfire state of emergency: Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-42, declaring an abnormal market disruptin as a result of the statewide wildfire emergency. This order is in response to unusual increases in lodging rates for Oregonians who have evacuated fire areas and concern that the wildfire emergency may prevent ready availability of other essential consumer goods and services. Read the news release.

Related Material:  EO 20-42