The Linn County Sheriff’s Office wants to keep all community members prepared and informed with regard to Wildfires. Please view the documents and resources below for more information.
Visit the Linn County Wildfire Map for up-to-date information both locally, and around the State of Oregon.
|How to Prepare for Wildfire Season|
We encourage residents to use the following resources to assess the risk around your homes, businesses and properties, as well as learn tips and techniques for how to create a defensible space.
- Oregon Defensible Space
- Oregon State University: A Defensible Space and Fuel Reduction Guide for Homeowners and Landowners
- State of Oregon Wildfire Response and Recovery
- OREGON: Ready, Set GO!
- Own Your Zone: Wildfire Preparedness (City of Bend)
|Returning to Your Home|
- Quick Reference Guide – Returning Home Safely
- What to Do After a Wildfire
- Safe Ash Clean-up After a Fire
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 sometimes funded by federal and state government and is occassionally provided free of charge to property owners.
|Documents, Disaster Assistance and Financial Assistance|
|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
- For information related to Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPSs):
Pacific Power information can be found here: https://www.pacificpower.net/outages-safety/wildfire-safety/public-safety-power-shutoff.html
CPI can be located here: https://www.cpi.coop/public-safety-power-shutoff-psps
|Propane and Natural Gas|
- After a Wildfire – Propane Safety Sheet
- For information on propane before, during, and after a fire please use this link: cdn.propane.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Wildfire-Guidelines.pdf
- Northwest Natural Gas Odor and other Emergency Information
|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|
- Get or replace damaged essential DMV documents such as driver license, ID card, proof of vehicle ownership and more
- Oregon Prescription Drug Program offers discounts to uninsured or underinsured
- Current air quality information and map
- AIRNow Fire & Smoke Map
- What to do in Smoky, Hazy Air
- Wildfire Smoke & Health FAQs
- Daily air quality reports Download the OregonAir mobile app: .
|Livestock & Agriculture Resources|
- Disposal and Recovery of Deceased Animals (Oregon DEQ Source)
- US Department of Agriculture – Disaster Assistance Recovery Tool
- Disaster Assistance Programs At A Glance, United States Department of Agriculture
- Disaster Assistance Livestock Forage Disaster Program, Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture
- Livestock Indemnity Program, Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture
- Oregon Department of Agriculture: Caring for livestock after a wildfire
- Oregon Department of Agriculture: Animal and Livestock Tracker
- Oregon Department of Forestry Post-Wildfire Resources (replanting, assessments, etc)
- State of Oregon Wildfire Insurance Resources
- What should I do about the wildfire ash covering my yard and garden?