If you are interested in donating your time, treasure or talent to the recovery efforts for the Wildfires in Linn County, please visit the SANTIAM CANYON WILDFIRE RELIEF website.


 Returning to Your Home

Linn County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management has completed a FEMA Initial Damage Assessment of homes in the Lyons, Mill City, Gates and Idanha area. Please visit our Wildfire Recovery Resources page for more information, and to view the map. If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact us at Rebuild@LinnSheriff.org.    The purpose of the Initial Damage Assessment is to determine the impact and magnitude of damage following a disaster. More detailed assessments will be conducted as part of FEMA Disaster Assistance Programs.


 Debris Cleanup

Before you can rebuild, your property must be cleared of household hazardous waste or other hazardous substances. Crews that specialize in identifying and removing hazardous substances will visit properties, determine what hazardous materials need to be removed, and remove them for safe disposal. This service is funded by federal and state government and provided free of charge to property owners.

Wildfire Recovery Debris Removal Info Sheet

Wildfire Recovery Debris Removal Info Sheet (SPANISH)


IMPORTANT: Property owners must sign an access agreement by October 16 to allow cleanup crews onto their property. Contact your county to find more information about how to submit your access agreement.


 Documents, Disaster Assistance and Financial Assistance

Linn County Assessment and Taxation would like citizens to know that if your property was damaged or destroyed due to the recent forest fires you may be eligible for a proration of taxes. Please call (541) 967-3808 for more information, or visit:





 Power & Power Line Precautions

The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings. If you see electrical wires on the ground, stay clear and contact your local power company immediately. Trees and poles with deep charring, particularly if still smoking, should be considered hazardous. Please drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area. As you reenter your property and evaluate damage, be aware that hazardous conditions may exist, particularly if a residence or out building has burned.

  • For downed power lines leave the area immediately and call 9-1-1. Then, call Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088 or Consumers Power Inc. at (800) 872-9036.
  • Power outage maps can be found here


 Propane and Natural Gas


 Septic Systems, Water Quality & Safety
  • Well and Well Water Disinfection for Fire Damaged Properties
  • Onsite wastewater (septic) systems that have been damaged during a fire may pose a significant safety risk. Tanks and lids made of plastic and/or fiberglass may melt when exposed to fire and extreme heat creating a hole or weak spot in the tank or riser. It is also important to inspect your system for damage to PVC piping above or near the ground surface that may have been impacted by heat. For your safety, please locate and rope off your septic tank and drain field areas prior to debris removal to avoid any accidents or damage to the system. Cover any openings with plywood or similar material until repairs can be made. If your wastewater system has been damaged, or if your system is backing up or malfunctioning, discontinue use and contact a licensed septic contractor and Linn County Environmental Health at (541) 967-3821. Septic records are available online at: https://www.linncountyhealth.org/eh/page/search-archived-permits If records are unavailable, contact a septic professional to locate your system.


 Prescriptions, Medical Services and Documents


 Air Quality


 Livestock & Agriculture Resources