Wildfire Season 2020

Columbia County is closely monitoring wildfires in Clackamas, Washington and other counties. High winds are driving wildfire smoke into Columbia County, causing poor air quality and contributing to downed trees and power outages. This page is updated regularly with the latest emergency information in Columbia County.

Find links to the latest on wildfires, tips to build a Go Kit, learn about evacuation levels and a sign up for alerts on smoke and evacuations in your area at Public Alerts→.

Evacuations and closures in Columbia County

There are no evacuations or closures in Columbia County. 

Evacuation sites in Columbia County

Columbia County Fair Grounds

The Columbia County Fairgrounds is open and accepting displaced families and livestock.

Columbia County Fairgrounds

58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens, Oregon 97051

503-397-4231

Displaced families and livestock do not need to call ahead. Enter through Gate 4 off Sausler Road and a volunteer will help you.

If you are looking for missing livestock that may have been evacuated here, please call 503-397-4231.

If you are a family in need of supplies, you can pick up donated items from the Fairgrounds. You do not need to be a Columbia County resident. You do not need to call first. Please enter through Gate 4 and a volunteer will help you obtain the supplies you need. If you are an organization or jurisdiction in need of supplies, please call 503-397-4231 to arrange for a supply pick up

If you would like to make a donation towards fire relief, an account has been set up at InRoads Credit Union. Account #747285-26.

Other Resources:

United Way of Columbia County - http://unitedwayofcolumbiacounty.com/

Community Action Team - https://www.cat-team.org/#gsc.tab=0

Evacuations and closures in neighboring counties

Multnomah County→  Multnomah County is closely monitoring wildfires in Clackamas, Washington and other counties. 

Clackamas County→ Clackamas County has issued a state of emergency as it responds to wildfires. Find information about evacuations here.

Washington County→ Find details about safety and evacuations of residents in Washington County. 

Additional Resources:

  • Red Cross Safe and Well→ 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.  
  • The Oregonian posted on Facebook→ welcoming people to connect with loved ones affected or displaced fires, as well as or providing updated information about damage to specific areas.
  • If people are seeking a motel/hotel and think they are experiencing price gouging, they can report it to the Oregon Dept. of Justice website→ or call 503-378-8442.
  • Xfinity is making WiFi hotspots→ available open to the general public to aid in wildfire communication. 

Air quality hazards in Columbia County

An air quality advisory remains in effect for many parts of Oregon. For real time data on air quality in your neighborhood, check out the links below.

Track air quality and fire status

Oregon Smoke Blog→ Local, state, tribal and federal organizations coordinate to share information about wildfires and smoke.

Oregon Air Quality map→ The Department of Environmental Quality updates a map of current air quality. Due to high traffic, the site can slow or crash. The sites below offer good alternatives.

EPA Air Quality map→ The Federal Environmental Protection Agency pulls real-time air quality data from Oregon and Washington States. 

State of Oregon Fires Map→ The Oregon Office of Emergency Management updates a map of active fires, air quality and closures.

Washington State Fires Map→The Washington State Emergency Operations Center updates a real-time map of fires and air quality.

Washington State Air Quality Map→ The state’s Department of Ecology maintains a real-time map of air quality.

Air quality and health:

Frequently asked questions about wildfire smoke and public health→

Emergency Management Quick Links
230 Strand St.
Columbia County Courthouse Annex
St. Helens,
OR
97051
Fax: 503-366-3904

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Director
Steve Pegram
Deputy Director
Shawn Brown