Wildland Fire Resources
DateTuesday, September 8, 2020, 3:22
AuthorChemeketa Public Affairs
See below for links to a multitude of wildfire information and assistance resources.
FEMA Disaster Assistance
State and federal officials are encouraging Oregon residents affected by the wildfires and straight-line winds, which began on Sept. 7 and are continuing, to register for disaster assistance with FEMA as soon as possible.
FEMA's Individual Assistance program for survivors has been made available in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties.
Disaster assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
If you have phone or Internet access, you may register by:
- Going online at DisasterAssistance.gov
- Downloading the FEMA app
- Calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for people with speech and hearing disabilities. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. PDT, seven days a week.
- Going to DisasterAssistance.gov or via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov.
Disaster Food Benefits (DSNAP)
The Oregon Department of Human Services has received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service to offer the Disaster Supplemental Assistance Program (DSNAP) in eight Oregon counties impacted as a result of the historic wildfires this summer and fall. The eight approved counties are Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion.
Any person that resided or was employed within one of the designated counties at the time of the September 7 wildfires and suffered disaster losses may be eligible to receive one month of temporary DSNAP assistance. DSNAP benefits are provided via an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT card), similar to a debit card, and can be used to purchase food items at grocery stores and other authorized SNAP retailers.
Oregonians may be eligible for DSNAP if they lived or were employed in any of the designated counties when the wildfires began on Sept. 7, 2020, and experienced at least one of the following conditions because of the wildfires:
- Damage to or destruction of the home or self-employment business.
- Loss or inaccessibility of income including a reduction or termination of income or a significant delay in receiving income due to disaster-related problems.
- Disaster-related expenses (home or business repairs, temporary shelter, evacuation, food loss, etc.) that are not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster benefit period.
- Hub for resources from Oregon State government, including:
- Oregon Health Authority wildfire fact sheets in multiple languages
- Resources page from Sen. Jeff Merkley's office.
- Regional fire resources
- Benton County
- Clackamas County
- Douglas County
- Jackson County
- Josephine County – Grants Pass
- Klamath County
- Lane County
- Lincoln County
- Linn County
- Marion County
- Washington County – Tualatin
- Information from the Statesman Journal about evacuation levels and current emergency shelter
News and updates
- Department of Environmental Quality Oregon Smoke Information Blog (English/Spanish)
- Office of Emergency Management Twitter
- Oregon Red Cross Twitter
- Oregon Department of Forestry
- Oregon State Fire Marshall Twitter
- Oregon Smoke Info Twitter
- Regional flash alerts
- Resources and information from Deschutes County Project Wildfire, including evacuation overview and basics
- Air quality index: find information about air quality in your area.
- From Oregon Health Authority
- Centers for Disease Control stay safe during a wildfire
- SAMSHA Disaster Distress Helpline offers 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- Oregon Housing and Community Services wildfire housing damage relief program
- Apply for assistance here.