Wildfire Response

Extreme Fire Danger - Total Burn Ban in Effect

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*There are no evacuation orders in Benton County.* 

Benton County Emergency Management is working to provide mutual aid support to Linn County.

**Vulnerable populations should remain inside,
preferably in a space with filtered air**

More info on vulnerable populations can be found here

Evacuation Status


Current Evacuation Status 

Updated 09/18/2020 2:20 pm

Be Ready (Level 1)

No areas in Benton County are under Level 1 evacuation orders

Get Set (Level 2) No areas in Benton County are under Level 2 evacuation orders
Leave Immediately (Level 3) No areas in Benton County are under Level 3 evacuation orders

For active fire information, go to the State of Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard.


Oregon Wildfire Evacuation Levels


Level 1- Be Ready: This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

Level 2- Be Set: Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. 

Level 3- Leave Immediately: Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further.


Where Evacuees Should Go


**There are no evacuation orders in Benton County.**


The evacuation site at the Benton County Fairgrounds will close effective 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 19, 2020. Staff on site are working today and tomorrow to help people connect to ongoing resources.

County staff will be at the Fairgrounds to assist people with registering for Red Cross and other resources, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, September 18, and from 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 19.

No new overnight stays at the Benton County Fairgrounds will be registered for Friday night. Meals will be served Friday evening and Saturday morning and services will end by 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 19.

Livestock currently housed at the Fairgrounds will continue to be supported while their owners make arrangements to return home.  At this time, there is no set date for closing down the livestock sheltering function at the fairgrounds.

Information on Sheltering Livestock at Benton Oaks RV Park: 541-243-2491

Donations, volunteering and other requests: bentoncountywildfireresponse.recovers.org


Alert System


To stay up-to-date on emergencies and evacuation orders in our area, sign up for Linn-Benton Alert System.

Residents of Corvallis can also sign up for the City of Corvallis’ alert system.


Be Prepared


Prepare your family and home ahead of time for the possibility of having to evacuate. Ensure you have a plan of what to take and where to go – evacuation plans will be different due to COVID-19. If you do need to evacuate and plan to stay with friends or relatives, ask first if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have people in their home at higher risk for serious illness. If that is the case, make other arrangements. Check with hotels, motels and campgrounds to learn if they are open.


Other Updates and Resources 


Evacuees from the Santiam Fire and other smaller fires overwhelmed the State of Oregon’s evacuation site at the State Fairgrounds within hours of opening on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 

The Benton County Fairgrounds had been available since September 8 for people and livestock evacuating from the recent wildfires in the Oregon Cascades and Coast Range. With many evacuation areas being downgraded and many people returning home, County resources can be most efficiently used in connecting people with Red Cross for individualized assistance. For those unable to return home, Red Cross can continue to provide housing assistance.


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