Resources for wildfire safety: stay alert & informed
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:
- Local news, as fire response teams are sharing advisories and other updates directly with the media.
- For general information on the Eagle Creek Fire call 211.
- For all fire and evacuation information call (503) 823-2323.
- Inciweb, an interagency risk incident information management site, has information on the Eagle Creek fire status: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/.
- Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is posting regular updates on its website (https://www.mcso.us/site/) and Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/MultCoSO) about evacuations and advisories. You can also sign up for flash alerts at https://flashalert.net/id/MCSO/107579?alert=1
- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is a good source for air quality information and advisories (http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/).
- Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow site has air quality data and forecasts as well (https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&mapcenter=0&cityid=160).
- Oregon Smoke Information blog contains extensive information about wildfire smoke and smoke impacts (http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/).
- Multnomah County Emergency Management is sharing updates on its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MultcoEM/).
- For information on road closures visit https://www.tripcheck.com.
- For health safety information on wildfire smoke visit Oregon Health Authority’s resource page at: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx
- For regular updates on the status and news, you can visit the Facebook and Twitter pages setup about the fires at https://www.facebook.com/EagleCreekandIndianCreekFires2017/ and https://twitter.com/eaglecreekfire
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.
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