Resources for wildfire safety: stay alert & informed  

September 5, 2017

Dear Friends,

Wildfires and hazardous smoke continue to threaten Columbia River Gorge communities, the Portland metro area, and other communities across the state. We are thankful for the courageous fire crews, first responders, and officials who are working around the clock to keep everyone safe.

As their efforts continue, please stay alert and informed about precautions you and your family should take if you are impacted. Included below are resources with more information.


Fire status, evacuations, and advisories

For information on the Eagle Creek fire status, evacuations, and other advisories, monitor:

​Evacuation levels explained:

  • Level 1 – “Be Ready”. A warning that danger exists in the area. Start preparing for potential evacuation.
  • Level 2 – “Be Set”. Prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. May be only warning issued.
  • Level 3 – “GO”. LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. If ignored, emergency services may not be available to assist you further.


Air quality precautions

Take precautions to stay safe from smoke and hazardous air quality levels. Below is some information from the Oregon Health Authority about what you can do to protect yourself from smoke exposure:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel and reduce time spent outdoors.
  • Shut the windows and keep indoor air as clean as possible: avoid using wood burning stoves, burning candles, or vacuuming.
  • Contact your healthcare provider or call 911 if you are experiencing health symptoms from smoke.


Additional resources for help

  • Red Cross evacuation centers
    • Rock Creek Community Center (710 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA)
    • Mt. Hood Community College (3691 NE 17th Drive, Gresham, OR)
  • Assistance with moving farm animals or livestock
    • Call Multnomah County Animal Services line for pet emergencies: 503-988-7387.
    • Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and other partners have compiled important information about pets and animals.


Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress