For families looking for updates on the wildfires, information on air quality and how to best protect children from its negative health effects, use the resources below. We will continue to update this list as the situation progresses:
• Searchable list of local resources for families in Lane County, including financial assistance, help lines, basic needs and more: https://resources.parentingnow.org/
• Sign up for Emergency Alerts: publicalerts.org/signup
• Up-to-date information on road closures, evacuation information, safety messages, and more: https://www.lanecounty.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=17035134
Smoke Respite Shelter Information:
The City of Eugene is opening two community centers for individuals who have compromised respiratory systems and need respite from the wildfire smoke. Petersen Barn and Hilyard Community Centers will serve as daytime Clean Air Centers, opening, September 9.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic these centers will have limited capacity. Appropriate safety precautions, including physical distancing and sanitation, will be taken to keep patrons and staff safe. No showers, food or supplies are available at the Clean Air Day Centers but charging of electronic devices will be available. Please note that anyone wishing to donate supplies should contact the Red Cross.
These day centers will remain open for the next two days and may be extended if needed. Please check the City’s website for daily updates.
• Willamalane Bob Keefer Center (250 S. 32nd St.)
• Willamalane Adult Activity Center (215 W. C St.)
• Lane Events Center (796 W. 13th Ave.) 8am – 8pm
• Hilyard Community Center (2580 Hilyard) 9am-5pm
• Peterson Barn (870 Berntzen) noon-5pm
• New Hope Baptist Church
597 S. Front St., Creswell
• City Hall (91136 N. Willamette St.) 8am – 8pm
• City Hall (400 Main St.) 8 am – 5 pm
Searching for McKenzie River fire updates? Here is a list of sources to refer to:
• Sign-up for local emergency notifications: https://lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/lane_county_emergency_management/sign_up_for_emergency_notifications
• Lane County Government for updates on evacuations.
• Lane Regional Air Protection Agency for updates on air quality.
• Eugene Water & Electric Board for updates on power outrages.
• Oregon Department of Transportation for updates on road conditions and closures.
• A new Facebook page Holiday Farm Fire has been created for additional news and information.
Pet and Large Animal Resources:
• The Lane County Events Center (796 W. 13th, Eugene) has space for 25-34 horses and numerous goats, chickens and ducks. Contact the LEC at 541-221-8405.
• Lane County Animals in Disaster is deploying to Greenhill Humane Society (88530 Green Hill Rd, Eugene) to help serve animals large and small affected by the evacuations.
• Oregon Horse Center in Eugene has multiple options for horse boarding. Interested horse owners must call 541-998-3353 to confirm space availability before arriving.
• Eugene Livestock Auction in Junction City is available to assist with hauling and transporting. Call 541-998-3353 to inquire.
• Livestock Rescue has trailers available to help move large animals. Contact Matt at 541-508-9772.
• Linn County Fair Grounds (3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany) is serving as a drive-in shelter only at this time. Pets are welcome and livestock stables are open for use.
• Greenhill Humane Society has some ability to board small animals. Call 541-689-1503 for information. You can also call with concerns about domestic animals in regard to the McKenzie Fire.
Wildfire Health & Safety Information for Children and Pregnant Moms:
• Wildfire Smoke and Children: https://www.cdc.gov/air/wildfire-smoke/children.htm
•Protecting Children From Wildfire Smoke and Ash: https://www3.epa.gov/airnow/smoke_fires/protecting-children-from-wildfire-smoke-and-ash.pdf
• Wildfire Smoke and Pregnancy tips from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/air/wildfire-smoke/pregnancy.htm?fbclid=IwAR38iPyDjHYb8ZQx1dN4MosNkSqPboDHzNHbNxoHPCCTpasWugH6IyPKPII