Fire and Recovery Updates - September 16, 2020

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Thursday, September 16, 2020

As firefighters make gains on the Beachie Creek Fire, the City of Salem is referring residents directly to the resources with the most up-to-date information.

Resources:

Volunteering/Helping evacuees:

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/
United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley: https://www.unitedwaymwv.org/
Marion Polk Food Share: https://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/

Marion County Additional Resources: https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/Fire/Pages/Additional-Resources.aspx
Volunteering opportunities: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0545adab2fa4fa7-marion

Fire and smoke information:
Smoke: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Marion County evacuation zones: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones
Oregon wildfire information: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Pages/firestats.aspx
Inciweb, Beachie Creek Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7001/55878/?fbclid=IwAR2pHup4fETrYJjS9rNARWyM-OkJ50U6ISmkDtpAv1sjKnYUIELrhZFF6ZI
Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/6329d5e4e13748b9b9f7f33f06a3c376/
Community Alerts (within Salem City Limits): https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721950#/login

Up-to-date status of fires and evacuations:
Marion County: @MarionCountyOR (Facebook), @MarionCounty_OR(Twitter)
Marion County Sheriff's Office: https://www.facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
Red Cross Cascades Region:  @RedCrossCascades (Facebook), @RedCrossCasc (Twitter)
United Way: @UnitedWayMWV (Facebook y Twitter)
Marion Polk Food Share:  @MarionPolkFoodShare (Facebook), @yourfoodshare (Twitter)
Beachie Creek Fire: @BeachieCreekFire2020

September 15, 2020

Note: As firefighters make gains on the Beachie Creek Fire, the City of Salem communications will be focusing on relief efforts ongoing in Salem, and refer people to Marion County and state resources listed below for direct information about the fire.

Salem community members have stepped up to provide food, supplies, shelter and cash donations to help people affected by the fire.

The Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem remain the center of relief efforts for evacuees. Most evacuees are being sheltered privately in homes or lodging businesses; however, many services are available at the fairgrounds on a drop-in basis.

Supplies, food, transportation, shelter assistance, and a variety of other services are represented at the fairgrounds.

Salem had 18 firefighters and 5 pieces of apparatus working on the fire from the beginning, until it was demobilized last night.

City police, public works and other personnel have also been active in fire and relief efforts.

Resources:

Volunteering/Helping evacuees:

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley: https://www.unitedwaymwv.org/

Marion Polk Food Share: https://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/

Marion County Additional Resources: https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/Fire/Pages/Additional-Resources.aspx

Volunteering opportunities: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0545adab2fa4fa7-marion

Fire and smoke information:

Smoke: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Marion County evacuation zones: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

Oregon wildfire information: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Pages/firestats.aspx

Inciweb, Beachie Creek Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7001/55878/?fbclid=IwAR2pHup4fETrYJjS9rNARWyM-OkJ50U6ISmkDtpAv1sjKnYUIELrhZFF6ZI

Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/6329d5e4e13748b9b9f7f33f06a3c376/

Community Alerts (within Salem City Limits): https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721950#/login

Up-to-date status of fires and evacuations:

Marion County: @MarionCountyOR (Facebook), @MarionCounty_OR(Twitter)

Marion County Sheriff's Office: https://www.facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow

Red Cross Cascades Region:  @RedCrossCascades (Facebook), @RedCrossCasc (Twitter)

United Way: @UnitedWayMWV (Facebook y Twitter)

Marion Polk Food Share:  @MarionPolkFoodShare (Facebook), @yourfoodshare (Twitter)

Beachie Creek Fire: @BeachieCreekFire2020

September 14, 2020 
Fire Conditions Improve, Volunteers Still Needed

Fire crews made strong gains combatting the Beachie Creek Fire over the weekend, the Incident Management Team reported this morning.

Marion County Sheriff's Office reported plans to re-evaluate evacuation levels and expect adjustments later this afternoon. They will continue with search operations through the week, aided by federal search and rescue teams.

We are appealing to the community to avoid spreading rumors about cause of the fire. Firefighters are still working on suppressing the fire and investigators may take some time to announce their official conclusions.

Lower temperatures, calm winds and higher relative humidity are helping the multi-pronged effort that includes mop-up in some areas, urban search and rescue and direct line construction.

Incident command had strong praise at their briefing today for the work of local fire cooperators, who have helped in making "great, great progress on the fire."

Volunteers continue to be needed to help with relief efforts. You can learn more and sign up for volunteer shifts here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0545adab2fa4fa7-marion

The United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is no longer accepting donations near the Oregon State Fairgrounds. However, donations are still being accepted at the Truitt Receiving Center, 1330 Front St. In Salem between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Needed items include:
masks
durable work gloves
denture brush and cleaning tablets
reading glasses
pumps for mattresses
camp chairs
flashlights
batteries
bleach wipes
cleaning supplies
Lysol spray
dish washing sponges
strollers
chapstick
eye drops
tums or pepto bismal
ziplock bags

See more fire information resources below.

September 13, 2020​

Weather is providing continued good news for crews working on the Beachie Creek Fire today. Calmer winds and lower temperatures are allowing firefighters to focus on structure protection and perimeter control. The west end of the fire, closest to Salem, has significantly calmed, according to fire officials.

Air quality continues to remain a concern for the Willamette Valley, including the City of Salem. Unhealthy air advisories are expected to remain in place at least through Monday.  

You can find links to more fire- and air quality-related resources online here: http://bit.ly/COSBeachieFire

You can also follow fire, evacuation and air quality information on the City's new integrated map: http://bit.ly/COSFire-SmokeMap

Salem remains outside the evacuation zones
Distance of the fire from Salem city limits, and the topography between the fire and Salem, reduces the likelihood the fire will lead to calls for evacuation in our community. We plan for this, and if needed, would evacuate in geography-based stages for everyone's safety, including evacuees.

Is Salem water still safe to drink?
Salem's water remains safe to drink. Based on September 13 fire status and wind direction, the City has no reason to expect that to change.  For more, see: https://bit.ly/2ZwzaoK 

How can I report a family member I believe is missing in Marion County's evacuation area?
Marion County Sheriff's Office continues to receive questions about people believed missing in the evacuation zones. To report a family member missing, contact county non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032. Beachie Creek Fire authorities warn the public to heed fire and law enforcement road closures and evacuations to avoid jeopardizing firefighting and rescue operations.

How can I protect my health in bad air quality caused by smoke?
During current conditions, it's important to stay indoors and keep the indoor air quality as clean as possible. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3irxx33.  Oregon Health Authority is sharing information about protecting yourself from wildfire smoke: https://bit.ly/2GOEayu

How will I be notified if I need to evacuate? 

If you live within Salem city limits and have signed up for Community Alerts from the City of Salem, you will receive a text, email or phone message based on the instructions you provided us. If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so here: https://www.cityofsalem.net/salem-alert. We will not use Community Alert unless we are facing an emergency situation.  

Households in unincorporated Salem or Marion County can receive emergency notifications, including evacuation notices through the METCOM 9-1-1 Alert System at https://bit.ly/2DW2ayG

September 11, 2020

Wildfire operations took a positive turn today as improving weather allowed firefighters to turn from search-and-rescue operations to containment efforts. Weather forecasts are predicting improving firefighting weather today, with highs in the upper 70s today. Air quality remains hazardous due to smoke and is expected to do so through Monday.

Salem remains outside the evacuation zones
Distance of the fire from Salem city limits, and the topography between the fire and Salem, reduces the likelihood the fire will lead to calls for evacuation in our community. We plan for this, and if needed, would evacuate in geography-based stages for everyone's safety, including evacuees.

Recycling and trash service suspended by Republic Services, transfer station closed
Due to unhealthy air conditions, Republic Services has suspended recycling and trash service for today to protect the health of their drivers. Anyone impacted by the service suspension may put out extra bags at no cost on their next service day. Salem Keizer Transfer Station will also be closed today, and will be re-evaluated for Saturday and Sunday on a daily basis.

Is Salem water still safe to drink?
Salem's water remains safe to drink. Based on September 11 fire status and wind direction, the City has no reason to expect that to change.

How can I report a family member I believe is missing in Marion County's evacuation area?
Marion County Sheriff's Office continues to receive questions about people believed missing in the evacuation zones. To report a family member missing, contact county non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032. Beachie Creek Fire authorities warn the public to heed fire and law enforcement road closures and evacuations to avoid jeopardizing firefighting and rescue operations.

How can I protect my health in bad air quality caused by smoke?
During current conditions, it's important to stay indoors and keep the indoor air quality as clean as possible. Learn more: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

How will I be notified if I need to evacuate? 
If you live within Salem city limits and have signed up for Community Alerts from the City of Salem, you will receive a text, email or phone message based on the instructions you provided us. If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so here: https://www.cityofsalem.net/salem-alert. We will not use Community Alert unless we are facing an emergency situation.  

Households in unincorporated Salem or Marion County can receive emergency notifications, including evacuation notices through the METCOM 9-1-1 Alert System at https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721950#/login.

How can I stay up to date on evacuation orders throughout our region?
Marion County Emergency Services has a map showing evacuation zones, where you can check your own address: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones.

How can I track fire and air quality conditions in the local area?
NEW: The City of Salem has developed a map that pulls together data from many federal, state and regional resources related to wildfire and air quality: http://bit.ly/COSFire-SmokeMap 

https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Pages/firestats.aspx. There are also several map resources to help you track Oregon and Northwest wildfires and evacuations, including: https://www.esri.com/en-us/disaster-response/disasters/wildfires and https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/6329d5e4e13748b9b9f7f33f06a3c376/ 

How can I help those affected by the fires?
Evacuees continue to shelter in our community. Their care is the first priority at sheltering sites. If you would like to help, please do not report directly to these sites. Instead:

September 10, 2020

This is an update on the wildfires in our area for Thursday, September 10, 2020. 

Weather forecasts are predicting temperatures in the low 90s today. Winds are expected to decrease today, compared to earlier in the week, which should help efforts to contain fires. 

There are no evacuation orders in place for Salem.  

The distance of the fire from Salem city limits, and the topography between the fire and Salem, reduces the likelihood the fire will lead to calls for evacuation in our community. We plan for this and, if needed, would evacuate in geographically based stages for everyone's safety, including evacuees. 

Is Salem water still safe to drink? 

Salem water remains safe to drink and the City has no reason to expect that to change at this point.  

How can I help those affected by the fires? 

In initial reports from our neighboring communities, losses are staggering.  We continue to support evacuees sheltering in our community.  Care of evacuees is the first priority at sheltering sites.  Please do not report directly to volunteer.  Instead:   

  • The American Red Cross is coordinating monetary donations at www.redcross.org
  • The United Way is hosting a donation location for critical items for evacuees. Connect with them here: https://www.unitedwaymwv.org/ 
     
    Please bring your donations to United Way at 455 Bliler Ave. NE. Note the updated list on our website and below - we are not needing clothing or water at this time.
    NEEDED ITEMS:
    masks
    cleaning supplies
    sleeping bags
    air mattresses
    tents
    pillows
    travel shampoos, lotion, soaps
    toothbrushes
    toothpaste
    prepackaged food items (granola bars, etc)
    diapers
    wipes
    formula
    bottles 
  • Marion Polk Food Share is providing food and water. Connect with them here: https://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/   

Air Quality 
As wildfire smoke continues to impact many Oregonians, it's important to stay indoors and keep the indoor air quality as clean as possible.  
Learn more: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ 

How can I stay up to date on evacuation orders throughout our region?  
The best places to get up to date information on wildfire impacts, any evacuation orders, or other conditions in Salem include: 
• The City of Salem website; 
• On Facebook at @CityofSalemOR and @CiudaddeSalemOregon OR, @MCSOInTheKnow, @metcom911 and @SantiamFire2020;  
• And on Twitter at @cityofsalem 

Where's the fire? Where can I find information about fires throughout the state? 
https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Pages/firestats.aspx. There are also several map resources to help you track Oregon and Northwest wildfires and evacuations, including: https://www.esri.com/en-us/disaster-response/disasters/wildfires and https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/6329d5e4e13748b9b9f7f33f06a3c376/ 

How can I find out what communities in Marion County are being evacuated? 
Marion County Sheriff's Office posts evacuation notices to their Facebook page, @MCSOInTheKnow. Marion County Emergency Services also has a map showing evacuation zones, where you can check your own address: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

How will I be notified if I need to evacuate? 
If you live within Salem city limits and have signed up for Community Alerts from the City of Salem, you will receive a text, email or phone message based on the instructions you provided us. If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so here: https://www.cityofsalem.net/salem-alert. We will not use Community Alert unless we are facing an emergency situation.  

Our hearts and thoughts are with those impacted by the wildfires in neighboring communities. 

September 8, 2020

4:15 pm

We remain concerned for our all of our communities, many of whom may be facing evacuation or the loss of their homes and businesses.  We are actively monitoring fire conditions throughout the Santiam Canyon in Marion County.  Here are some resources for you track the status of fires, evacuation orders, and shelter. 

Where's the fire? Where can I find information about fires throughout the state?

https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/firestats.aspx.  There are also several map resources to help you track Oregon and Northwest wildfires and evacuations, including: https://kval.com/news/local/wheres-the-fire-maps-help-you-track-oregon-and-northwest-wildfires-and-evacuations

How can I find out what communities in Marion County are being evacuated?

Marion County Sheriff's Office posts evacuation notices to their Facebook page, @MCSOInTheKnow.

Is Salem being evacuated?

Salem is not under an evacuation order at this time. Sign up for Salem Community Alerts to get emergency alerts affecting your home and place of business.

How will I be notified if I need to evacuate?

If you live within Salem city limits and have signed up for Community Alerts from the City of Salem, you will receive a text, email or phone message based on the instructions you provided us.  If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so here: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/get-community-alerts.aspx.  Stay up to date on evacuation orders throughout our region, https://www.facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow/.

Where can I get shelter for myself and my family?

You can find open shelters through the American Red Cross.  

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html

How can I protect my health from the poor air quality caused by wildfires?

The Willamette Valley is under an air quality advisory. Learn more about precautions to take in poor air quality conditions here: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Is Salem's drinking water affected?

Salem's drinking water remains safe to drink.  The North Santiam River water is Salem's drinking water source, before treatment at Salem's Geren Island Water Treatment Facility. Despite fires in the area, there is no impact on Salem's drinking water.

How can I help those affected by the fires?

Red cross is not seeking material donations at this time, but monetary donations can be made at www.redcross.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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