Oregon Wildfire Information and Resources

Monday, September 14, 2020

  For up-to-date resources, please consult wildfire.oregon.gov

 Ash and wildfire debris resources: State and federal agencies are assisting county and local emergency management agencies with assessing hazards and removing ash, debris and hazardous substances from wildfire impacted areas. You can find resources here, including a fact sheet on safely managing ash and debris.

Employers urged to protect workers by avoiding outdoor work as harmful air quality persists: State workplace and public health officials are urging employers to stop or delay outdoor work activity when possible and to take other reasonable steps to protect workers when air quality reaches unhealthy levels. Read the news release from Oregon OSHA.

 The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has created a volunteer and donations portal to make it easier for those who want to help wildfire recovery. Visit the site to volunteer or make a donation.

Air quality advisory for all of Oregon extended at least through Thursday: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency and the Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency extended an air quality advisory Monday for all regions of Oregon and Southwest Washington due to smoke from fires in Oregon, Washington and California. DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last at least through Thursday. Read more.

Five insurance tips for wildfire recovery: The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation has five tips for homeowners and renters who have evacuated or been affected by fire, smoke, and ash damage. Additionally, the advocacy team is ready to help Oregonians with processing of wildfire claims. Read the news release.

Oregon Wildfire Response Update from Sunday, September 13: State, federal, county and tribal partners are fully engaged in response and recovery efforts for the more than 30 fires burning statewide in Oregon. With thick smoke limiting aviation resources, firefighters are struggling to contain the fires, the largest of which is more than 55 miles wide. More than 1 million acres have burned, leaving thousands of Oregonians displaced from their homes. A total of 3,023 people are currently being supported in shelters run by local counties, the state and the American Red Cross. Read the full update.

 Oregon Wildfire Resources Website: The website https://wildfire.oregon.gov is a hub for accessing Oregon Wildfire Resources, with translation options for multiple languages. The site is a resource for news, updates, emergency alert notifications, fire maps, air quality, road and travel conditions, and more.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has information that can help people prepare for a range of emergencies. During this time of widespread evacuations due to wildfires, now is a good time to look at your own level of preparedness. The materials available at the links below are a great place to start.

The Oregon Human Development Corporation has resources to assist those impacted by wildfires. OHDC can offer assistance with sheltering, food and other support services through its existing programs. Call 1-855-215-6158 for more information.

 The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis writes about the industry sectors and associated jobs impacted by the recent wildfire evacuations. Read the blog.