Oregon Hit Hard by Wildfires: What You Can Do to Help

Sep 10, 2020
What you can do to help during this unprecedented wildfire season.

Updated September 21

Many places in Oregon (and elsewhere) are currently experiencing devastating wildfires, with homes and businesses lost, lush forests burned, and smoke making the outdoors unhealthy. First and foremost, we hope you and your loved ones are safe.

If you'd like to help those affected by the wildfires in Oregon, check out these resources for more information:

  • Central Oregon Evacuee Needs Facebook group. The purpose of the group is to link evacuees with specific needs.
  • Red Cross Cascades Region. Learn more about donating and volunteering with the Red Cross, which is providing support and assistance at many evacuation shelters, including at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.
  • Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Their emergency resource map shares contact information for member organizations involved in disaster relief.
  • The Salvation Army Cascade Region is currently serving three meals a day to evacuees in Deschutes County, among other locations.
  • Wildland Firefighter Foundation. This organization helps families of firefighters killed in the line of duty, as well as assist injured firefighters and their families.
  • GoFundMe: Oregon Fire Victims. The crowdsourcing platform has a centralized hub with verified fundraisers created to help residents who have lost their homes and been displaced by the Oregon fires.

For information related to wildfires, please check out these websites:

Wildfire season is far from over. Please remember, in many places (including in Bend and Redmond), there is a ban on all recreational fires. You can also do your part in preventing wildfires—read our blog post on What You Can Do to Prevent Wildfires.

Stay safe, everyone!