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Oregon Wildfires

Updated: Sept 29, 2020 at 9:45 a.m.
We'll use this page to update you on the impact of the Oregon wildfires.
For additional info, visit us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.


Can You Pitch In?


Help Children and Families Displaced by Wildfire in Oregon
Items collected will go to the Red Cross for Oregon distribution. Last pick up date is Wednesday, Sept. 30
(sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Tigard with Kiwanis Div. 63 and Cooper Mountain Ale Works)

List of the items needed at this time. 

  • Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant
  • Moisturizer
  • Razors & shaving cream
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes children & adult sizes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Diapers, baby wipes
  • Basketballs, baseballs, soccer balls, playground balls
  • Toys: tactile toys Duplo, puzzles, stress balls, coloring books, crayons, blocks, games
  • Phone chargers, Batteries
  • Kids clothing, socks, undergarments, jackets, shirts, pants (new only due to COVID)
  • Ink pens/pencils and writing paper
  • Non-perishable food items, peanut butter, canned food, pasta, jerky, protein bars

Bring these items to Cooper Mountain Ale Works, (Max’s Pub) on Main Street Tigard before Sept 30.


When the Smoke Clears…

Many of us have been impacted by the recent fires and poor air quality. Here are a few things that may help you:

  • If you have been evacuated, don’t return to the area until it is safe to do so
  • Avoid being outdoors
  • Don’t allow children or pets to play in ash
  • Keep doors and windows closed
  • In vehicles, put your air system on recirculate, versus outside air
  • Concerned about your health? Here is what the Oregon Health Authority is saying
  • Avoid activities that cause sparks, like use of power equipment or BBQ’s until fire risk is over
  • Have grit in your house/car/whatever? The ash and grit from a fire can be harmful to touch and breath. Avoid things like blowers and vacuum cleaners that put it back in the air. Wear face covering to keep ash out of your lungs, gloves off your skin. See these articles:
  • Change your clothes after cleaning, or working in areas with smoke or ash, and take off your shoes, so you don’t track it inside
  • Have insurance? Call them.
    • Property insurance may cover some cleanup cost from smoke damage
    • Repair of structures may be covered
    • Call before you engage in extensive cleanup on your own, you may cause more damaged that isn’t covered by insurance
  • Take photos of damage before you start cleanup
  • Change air filters in homes and cars
  • Be careful washing cars, as smoke can cause damage to vehicle paint  AAA on Cleaning Ash & Soot

Fees waived for replacing some vital records lost to wildfires
The Center for Health Statistics has issued temporary rules to waive fees for people who have experienced loss of property or life associated with the wildfires. This temporary rule provides up to three certified copies of Oregon vital records free of charge if requested in connection with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-35. This new rule will remain in effect until March 1, 2021. See answers to frequently asked questions and learn how to order copies and apply for the waiver on the State Vital Records website.


National Forests Remain Closed
Many of our National Forests are closed due to wildfires and to give firefighters the full access they need to address them. Now is not the time for a visit to the forest! More details: https://go.usa.gov/xGnrX


Your H2O Continues to Be Safe and Reliable
Your water remains safe to drink. Lake Oswego and Tigard invested in an advanced state-of-the-art water treatment plant that uses chlorination and ozone as a combined disinfectant. Ozone is a strong oxidizer that is highly effective against bacteria and viruses, especially in combination with chlorine. Learn more about drinking water and COVID-19.

Community Question: Water Quality?
The fires in the Clackamas River basin are a major concern and may impact water quality of the river during heavy rains.  The Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Treatment Plant was commissioned in June 2016 to provide state of the art water treatment for improved water quality. Due to the types of processes in place, it should be able to handle any additional loading of organic compounds and debris associated with the fire burnt runoff entering the Clackamas River.  Many of the water providers using the Clackamas River are assessing their capabilities based on their current technologies and ability to treat the water.  Using the latest technologies for the Lake Oswego and Tigard community provides us with the tools to ensure reliable and safe drinking water. 

Our thoughts currently are for the safety and health of those that are impacted by the fires due to loss of life, loss of property, and the displacement and grief due to evacuations. Our thoughts and thanks go to the state and federal operation branches and divisions that are on the fire line, and their commitment to contain the fire.  The water treatment plant and city utility are operating under fairly normal conditions (other than poor air quality), with no impact to drinking water quality.  Should anything change regarding our ability to serve, we will notify our customers and the public. 


Federal Government Announces Disaster Distress Helpline
Natural disasters such as wildfires can be overwhelming and can seriously affect emotional health. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who is seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects caused by natural disasters.


Don't Join Club Lookie-Loo!
Via Washington County: Those of us not directly impacted are naturally curious, but DON’T be a lookie-loo! Please do not drive through areas impacted by wildfires. Firefighters are still cleaning up and those returning to their homes deserve privacy. Thank you for your consideration.


2-1-1 Is Here to Help!
If you or someone you known is houseless and needs to get indoors for healthier air quality, please call 2-1-1 or visit http://211info.org.


Community Questions

Question: There's a note at the end of the CodeRED registration form that says a third party company had the right to sell access to the information I had listed. Is this true?
Answer: Registration is confidential and free. The City of Tigard defaults everything we import to private. If you’ve added phone numbers or other contact information, please check the box to keep your information private. Personal information will not be shared or sold to third parties.

Question: Where can I get info on where/how I can volunteer with fire relief efforts?
Answer:
We encourage you to donate to relief organizations. For specific opportunities, contact ken_schlegel@co.washington.or.us
 


How You Can Help During Wildfires
Via Travel Oregon: Amid the devastation, Oregonians are banding together to support evacuees and rescue workers. Once again, residents are showing the strength of community during difficult times. From relief funds to donation drop-offs to offering your time and services, here are ways you can help Oregon’s wildfire-affected people and places right now. Read on...


Red Cross Needs Volunteers
Due to COVID and Oregon wildfires, the Red Cross has an urgent need for volunteers.


Replace Driver License, Registration & Proof of Ownership
The wildfires devastating Oregon are leaving many without essential documents such as a driver license, ID card or proof of vehicle ownership. Oregonians who need to replace damaged documents can go online to take care of most of these needs at DMV2U.Oregon.gov 


Washington County Information Center

Twitter: Forest Grove Fire, Gaston FireTVF&RWashington County Sheriff, WA County Mental Health
Facebook: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and TVF&R
Evacuation map and road closures
Air Quality: AirNow and Oregon Smoke
Recorded Wildfire Information Line updated daily: 503-846-HELP (4357)


Two Additional Resources
The Tigard Police shared two additional resources - Oregon Wildfire Resources and Safe and Well Registry.  

  • Oregon Wildfire Resources: As we find out more information about wildfires, this will be a hub to access resources within Oregon state government.
  • Safe and Well Registry: After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This website is designed to help make that communication easier.  

What You Can Do

  • Register today for CodeRED Emergency Notifications.
  • Stay informed! The Washington County Sherriff’s Office is reporting updates on local fires on Facebook.
  • Be ready, be set, go! Read more about Oregon State Evacuation Levels.

 Evac levels



Impact on City Services
Our buildings remain closed (due to COVID) but we continue to provide services virtually.  

Learn More About Emergency Management
On the Talking Tigard podcast, staff from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and the City of Tigard Emergency Operations Center shared what goes into responding to an emergency. To learn more, listen to episodes two and four.

Contact
Mike Lueck
Emergency Services Coordinator
mikel@tigard-or.gov
 

Important Links


Be Prepared - Plan Ahead

  • Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

    To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

  • Be Prepared

    Fire Safety, Family Preparedness, Pet Preparedness and more...


Report
Trees Down?
  • Report tree issues to Public Works


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