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Posted on: April 1, 2023

Smoke and Wildfire

Graphic With the Three Levels of Readiness for Wildfire

Wildfires and smoke can move quickly, and conditions can change in the blink of an eye. Know what's happening around you. Visit Washington DNR Wildfire Map and the Public Alerts Wildfire page to learn about the current situation. 

  1. Get local alerts. Sign up for PublicAlerts so local emergency managers can send you evacuation alerts, air quality alerts, and other important info. You can also view current alerts to get info about road and school closures, power outages, etc.
  2. Get fire news. Check out InciWeb and the Wildfire and Weather Information Map. Get updates and forecasts by checking out resources in Washington (Smoke Blog and Department of Natural Resources) and in Oregon (Smoke Blog and Department of Forestry).
  3. Connect. Use the tips on the Stay Informed page to connect with loved ones and get information about what's happening in your neighborhood.
  4. Be ready to go. Gather Supplies and know what to expect if Evacuation orders are issued. 

Graphic With the Three Levels of Readiness for Wildfire

Evacuation Levels

Level 1: BE READY for potential evacuation. You should be aware of the danger that exists in the area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

Level 2: BE SET to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family and friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

Level 3: GO NOW! Evacuate now! 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. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive.

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Pets & Livestock

If you have pets and livestock, learn about animal preparedness and read recommendations from the EPA about protecting pets from wildfire smoke.  Additional information can be found at Clark County Animal and Pets 


During a disaster, many people want to help by making  donations. But it takes a lot of work to collect, organize, and distribute physical materials. Usually, the best way to help is with a financial donation to relief organizations actively responding to the disaster.

Smoke from Wildfire - Air Quality 


Breathing smoke from wildfires isn’t healthy for anyone, but some people are more likely to have health problems when the air quality isn’t good. The best way to protect your health when air is smoky is to limit time outdoors and reduce physical activity.

Sign Up for Clark Public Alerts

By providing contact information, county residents can opt-in to receive critical emergency messaging via email, phone call, and text during times of disasters. Important messages that could be relayed include notices to evacuate, shelter-in-place, shelter locations, and other extremely important information. Read more.


Information on Other Wildfires throughout the Portland/Vancouver Metro Region

    Public Alerts Wildfires  

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