Wildfire Response Updates: Park closures, County offices reopen, evacuation and donation updates

Friday, September 11, 2020

The Benton County Emergency Operations Center wildfire response has several updates to report on Friday, September 11, 2020.

County parks and natural areas closed

Yesterday, Thursday, September 11, 2020, the Oregon Department of Forestry posted a Level 4 Fire Danger. As a precautionary measure, the Benton County Natural Areas and Parks is closing the following locations from today until further notice: Fitton Green, Mulkey Trail, Jackson Frazier, Ft. Hoskins, Beazell and Clemens parks. Notices will be posted at these locations.

Salmonberry Campground and Day Use, N. Albany, Adair, Hyak, Bellfountain, and Irish Bend will remain open at this time.

Please contact Benton County Natural Areas & Parks Director, Laurie Starha for additional questions at 541-766-6871.

County offices reopening

On Monday, September 14, 2020, Benton County facilities will reopen to the public. Due to the regional and statewide response to wildfires, Benton County facilities were closed to the public on Thursday and Friday, September 10-11, 2020 in order to allocate resources to the response effort.

Evacuation updates

There is still vacancy for evacuees and livestock at the Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds has space for RVs, car and tent camping, as well as space for anyone that needs beds.

541-224-1603 – Information on sheltering at the Fairgrounds

541-243-2491 – Information on sheltering livestock on Benton Oaks RV Camp

When the Fairgrounds evacuation site reaches capacity, a secondary evacuation site at Linus Pauling Middle School in Corvallis, Oregon will be activated.

Donation updates

Due to the generosity of Stover, Evey and Jackson and Campbell’s Cleaner, the donations site at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library can now take used clothes and linens that are in good condition.

This weekend, September 12-13, the Corvallis Benton County Public Library will be open for receiving donations from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.