Updated 6 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 19
Air quality has improved in much of the state and across the Portland metro region. Air quality across Multnomah County is now in the green “Good” category. That means it’s healthy for all people to spend time outdoors. Open windows and doors to circulate fresh air into your homes.
Wildfires continue to burn, many uncontained, across Oregon and the West Coast. Wind patterns can shift quickly and bring smoke back into the Willamette Valley. So this wildfire season, keep an eye on air quality at the Oregon Smoke Blog and download the OregonAir application for your phone.
Closures in Multnomah County
Multnomah County has closed almost buildings and offices for Sept. 14-18. Some health centers, the District Attorney's Office and the Courts are open. Essential and teleworking employees work as usual.
The City of Portland has closed all city-owned outdoor areas and natural spaces including Forest Park, Mt. Tabor and other city parks until at least Sept. 24. [View closure information]
Oregon State Parks has closed parks along the Columbia River Highway from Larch Mountain to Ainsworth, including Angels Rest and Mt. Defiance at Starvation Creek. [View closure information]
The United States Forest Service has closed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and all recreation areas except: The Sandy River Delta, Multnomah Falls, Wyeth Campground, the Lower Klickitat and Lower White Salmon While Scenic rivers. [View closure information]
Clackamas County: Clackamas County issued a state of emergency as it responds to wildfires. Find information here.
Trip Check: Before you travel, Check road closures across the state road closures.
Anyone needing access to a Red Cross shelter because of the wildfires should contact the Red Cross at 877-272-7337 or visit the Red Cross Disaster Shelters locator. The Red Cross shelter at the Oregon Convention Center closed Sept. 16.
Anyone seeking shelter for someone experiencing homelessness or helping someone obtain shelter should call 2-1-1 first to see where space is available and to arrange transportation.
Shelter is offered for anyone who is experiencing homelessness and needs respite from smoke at:
Track air quality, fires
Oregon Smoke Blog: Local, state, tribal and federal organizations coordinate to share information about wildfires and smoke.
Oregon Air Quality map: The Department of Environmental Quality updates a map of current air quality. Due to high traffic, the site can slow or crash. The sites below offer good alternatives.
EPA Air Quality map: The Federal Environmental Protection Agency pulls real-time air quality data from Oregon and Washington States.
State of Oregon Fires Map: The Oregon Office of Emergency Management updates a map of active fires, air quality and closures.
Washington State Fires Map: The Washington State Emergency Operations Center updates a real-time map of fires and air quality.
Washington State Air Quality Map: The state’s Department of Ecology maintains a real-time map of air quality.
Track power outages
PGE: Current power outages reported by PGE in Multnomah County
Pacific Power: Current power outages by Pacific Power in Multnomah County