The week of Sept. 7, 2020, extreme winds and high temperatures energized more than 40 large wildfires that burned more than 1 million acres across Oregon. Local authorities issued evacuation orders across the state spanning multiple regions, including Clackamas and Washington counties, near Portland. As of Oct. 16, the fires are largely contained and firefighters are focused on damage assessment and debris removal. Rain may present risks of landslides.
Current Conditions in Portland
At this time, there are no impacts to air quality or closures in Portland due to wildfires.
Some Western Oregon outdoor recreation sites remain closed. The list below is not comprehensive – please check with the site you are trying to visit for the most-up-to-date information.
- Bureau of Land Management – All BLM-managed public lands, roads, sites and trails inside the Holiday Farm Fire Closure Area and Beachie Creek and Riverside Campground Fire Closure Area are closed. These areas are located east of Salem and Eugene, respectively.
- Oregon State Parks – There are multiple campfire restrictions and fire bans in place at all state parks campgrounds, day-use areas and beaches.
- U.S. Forest Service – Parts of Mt. Hood, Willamette and Klamath National Forests are currently closed to public access.
Local News Sites
Find updates, breaking news and additional resources at these outlets:
How to Help
- Ways to Help During Oregon Wildfires – Travel Oregon
- Here’s How to Help the Victims of Oregon’s Wildfires – Portland Monthly
- Restaurants, Kitchens and Mutual Aid Groups Helping With Wildfire Relief – Eater PDX
- Oregon Wildfire Resources – State of Oregon
- TripCheck – Oregon Department of Transportation
- Wildfires and Smoke – Oregon Health Authority
- What You Need to Know About Wildfires – Travel Oregon
- Wildfire 2020 page – PublicAlerts
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