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  • Marion County declares emergency due to wildfires

    Marion County declares emergency due to wildfires

    Date: 9/8/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency for Marion County due to rapidly spreading wildfires in the county. Fires are expected to continue and have required evacuations.

    The emergency declaration allows the county to seek resources from the state government and implements the county's Emergency Operations Plan. It provides for emergency purchasing procedures and more flexibility for personnel utilization.

    The county will take all necessary steps to coordinate response and recovery from this emergency.

    Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, said, "Our sheriff's deputies and police and fire agencies were heroic and aided hundreds of people last night in the midst of fire. We will continue to work around the clock to protect our communities. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has lost homes or loved ones in this horrible fire."

    Current evacuations include:

    Level 3: "Go"
    Mill City
    Gates
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Detroit
    Idanha
    Hwy. 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Scotts Mills

    Level 2 evacuations: "Be Set"
    Stayton
    Sublimity
    Aumsville
    Silverton
    Mt. Angel
    Cascade Hwy. east to Hwy. 214 and from Mt. Angel/Silverton south to Hwy. 22

    An evacuation staging area has been established at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Additional information is available at (503) 391-7294. 


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  • Beachie Creek Fire Update - 9/13/2020 8:30 AM

    Beachie Creek Fire Update - 9/13/2020 8:30 AM

    Date: 9/13/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports no changes in evacuation levels overnight. 

    Current evacuation status in Marion County remains at:

    LEVEL 3 “GO”
    Detroit
    Idahna
    Breitenbush
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Mill City
    Gates
    North Fork Rd recreation area
    Scotts Mills

    Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road and Bridgecreek.

    LEVEL 2 “BE READY”
    Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

    LEVEL 1 “GET READY”
    Stayton
    Sublimity
    Aumsville
    Silverton
    Mt. Angel
    Meridian Rd South to Cascade Hwy
    West of Davis Creek
    West of Victor Point south to the County line

    To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

    If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at www.LinnSheriff.org.

    We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our community. Marion County Emergency Management has let us know there is a need for gas cards and pre-paid cell phones for the evacuees. These can be dropped off at the United Way donation site located at 1705 Silverton Rd NE, Salem (across the Oregon State Fair grounds. They are accepting donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about current donation needs and drop off locations, please visit https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/Fire/Pages/Additional-Resources.aspx

    We would like to thank our media partners for their continued support in sharing updated evacuation information. We ask that our media partners regularly check maps and alert banners to ensure the most accurate and up to date information is being shared.

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  • Property status updates for Detroit & Idanha residents

    Property status updates for Detroit & Idanha residents

    Date: 9/13/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    Due to dangerous and unpredictable conditions in the Santiam Canyon, we are continuing to limit access to these areas to Fire and Law Enforcement personnel only. However, we have set up a phone line to call into and have a deputy go check on your residence and report back to you with a status update on the condition of your property in DETROIT and IDANHA only at this time.

    Please call 503-798-6823 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. 7 days a week to request a check on your residence. We will need the following information when you call:

    • Name

    • Address

    • Phone number

    • Anyone missing from the location, including name, age, phone number

    • Any animals at location

    We will process these requests as we receive them and a deputy will call you back. We understand the anxiety of not knowing the condition of your property and want to get you answers as soon as we safely can.

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  • Marion County Sheriff's Office Evacuation Level Updates - 9/14/2020

    Marion County Sheriff's Office Evacuation Level Updates - 9/14/2020

    Date: 9/14/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    Important Evacuation Information *Reduction of Levels*

    Current evacuation information for Marion County:

    LEVEL 3 “GO”

    Detroit
    Idanha
    Breitenbush
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Mill City
    Gates
    North Fork Rd recreation area

    LEVEL 2 “BE READY”

    Scott’s Mills
    Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane

    LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

    Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

    To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

    If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at www.LinnSheriff.org.

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  • Dog Services waives late fees on dog licenses

    Dog Services waives late fees on dog licenses

    Date: 9/3/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Community Services - Dog Services

    ​Marion County Dog Services will waive late fees on dog licenses until October 31, 2020. Similar to other county offices, Dog Services has been quick to adapt to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dog Services Director Ann Potter said, "During the pandemic many dog owners have been unable to schedule vaccines for their dogs. As veterinary offices adjust to new parameters, owners sometimes must wait several weeks for non-emergency appointments and some owners have faced late fees through no fault of their own." Any Marion County dog owner can license their dogs with no late fee penalty through October 31, 2020.

    Dog licenses are required by state law for all dogs six months and older in Oregon.  Licensing originally began as a way to mandate rabies vaccinations and has worked to nearly eliminate rabies from our dog population. Rabies is still sporadically found in some wild animals, so it is important that dogs continue to be vaccinated. Licensing also supports care of lost dogs that end up at the dog shelter. 

    Dog licenses can be obtained at the Marion Dog Shelter located at 3550 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, OR. Licenses can also be purchased through many local veterinary clinics. For a complete list of licensing locations, please visit mcdogs.net or call (503) 566-6966. 

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  • Sep
    19

    Enhanced resources for wildfire evacuees available at Marion County Family Resource Center

    Posted by: Marion County

    Today, the Marion County Family Resource Center for Wildfire Evacuees at the Oregon State Fairgrounds began providing expanded support and resources to those recently displaced by wildfires. The center will be closed Sunday, September 20, and will reopen Monday, September 21 at 9:00 a.m.  

    Service providers will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Jackman-Long Building to answer questions and connect individuals and families to the services that are desperately needed during this critical time. 

    The American Red Cross will continue to be onsite to provide shelter options at the fairgrounds and alternate locations.  Additional services available at the Jackman-Long Building include: assistance filing insurance claims and requesting identification cards, support getting necessary medications, connections to caregiver assistance, counseling services, and more. Private showers for Red Cross registrars, family activities, and fellowship are also provided onsite in addition to bilingual and interpretive services.   

    The United Way continues to accept donations at 1330 Front Street NE.  An updated list of requested items can be found at  https://www.unitedwaymwv.org/wildfire-relief.html.  Monetary donations are being accepted through the following:

    For additional information, please contact the Marion County Emergency Call Center at 503-391-7294 or visit the Oregon State Fairgrounds at 2330 17th St. NE, Salem.


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    Enhanced resources for wildfire evacuees available at Marion County Family Resource Center
  • Sep
    18

    LAS CIUDADES DE MILL CITY Y GATES HA REDUCIDO AL NIVEL 2 CON UNA RUTA ESPECÍFICA PARA LA ENTRADA A ESTAS CIUDADES

    Posted by: Fire Information - Spanish

    *Información importante*

    Los niveles de evacuación de las ciudades de Mill City y Gates se reducen al nivel 2, "Be Set", a las 10:00 a.m. Hoy, 18 de septiembre del 2020.  En un área de evacuación de nivel 2, se permite a los miembros de la comunidad regresar al área, aunque deben permanecer preparados para evacuar si las condiciones cambian.

    Como el acceso a estas ciudades está reabriendo, la autopista 22 permanecerá cerrada entre la autopista 226 y el puesto 29, cerca del extremo oeste de Mill City. La sección de cuatro millas de la autopista 22 entre las ciudades de Mill City y Gates estará abierta para viajar. Los miembros de la comunidad que regresen a Gates y Mill City tendrán que usar la siguiente ruta de viaje para acceder a sus residencias y negocios:

    Highway 22 oeste a Highway 226
    Highway 226 lo dirige a Lyons/Mill City Dr.
    Lyons/Mill City Dr a SW Kingwood Ave-Kingwood Ave a Gates School Rd
    Gates School Rd a E Sorbin Ave
    E Sorbin Ave a Highway 22

    Las áreas inmediatamente al norte de los límites de la ciudad de Mill City y Gates permanecen en un nivel 3 - "Ir" estado de evacuación.  Los cierres de carreteras estarán en efecto en Carr Road, Hudel Road y Gates Hill Road al norte de los límites de la ciudad.

    Zonas de evacuación actuales a las 10:00 am, 9/18/2020:

    Nivel 3 - "Ir"

    Detroit
    Idanha
    Breitenbush
    Highway 22 al highway 226, al oeste hasta el puesto 29, incluyendo la calle North Fork Road, Pioneer Road, y otros caminos en este corredor.

    Nivel 2 - "Este Ajustado"

    Lyons
    Mehama
    Mill City
    Gates
    Fernridge Rd. al oeste de Shellburg Creek Rd. a Basil Hill.
    Crooked Finger Rd & Moss Lane

    Nivel 1 - "Este Listo"

    Scotts Mills

    Las áreas al oeste de Meridian Road, Davis Creek y Victor Point al sur de la línea del condado de Marion

    Para ver en detalle las zonas de evacuación actuales del condado de Marion, por favor visite: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

    Si usted vive en áreas afectadas por el fuego en el condado de Linn, puede encontrar mapas de evacuación actualizados en: www.LinnSheriff.org

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    LAS CIUDADES DE MILL CITY Y GATES HA REDUCIDO AL NIVEL 2 CON UNA RUTA ESPECÍFICA PARA LA ENTRADA A ESTAS CIUDADES
  • Sep
    17

    Septic Tanks and Systems in Marion County

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    Building Inspection has this site with information on some of the septic tanks and systems in the county. People can research their own property if the information is available, which may help to address the dangers discussed below: https://apps.intra.co.marion.or.us/gis/BIViewer/

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    Septic Tanks and Systems in Marion County
  • Sep
    15

    Marion County Sheriff's Office Wildfire Efforts Morning Update - 9/15/2020

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    As of this morning, September 15, 2020, there are no changes to the evacuation levels. If anything changes we will make sure to update the community as quickly as we can. Our community has been, and continues to be, severely affected by the wildfires, but as always, during difficult times, our community comes together and together we will get through this.

    1. Current evacuation information for Marion County:
    LEVEL 3 “GO”

    Detroit
    Idanha
    Breitenbush
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Mill City
    Gates
    North Fork Rd north of Highway 22
    Highway 22 east of Highway 226

    LEVEL 2 “BE READY”

    Scotts Mills
    Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane

    To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

    If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org.

    2. Evacuation Update Level 3 Access for Animals/Livestock

    We’re continuing to work with many partner agencies who are working on the wildfires impacting the Santiam Canyon. Due to the danger from falling trees, rock slides, and continued roadway hazards along Highway 22, access to the Level 3 evacuation zone for animal removal and feeding has been suspended. This afternoon officials from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, and Marion County Board of Commissioners met to develop a plan to allow for safe access for residents to feed and care for animals. Once a finalized plan has been confirmed, we will share that information.

    3. Pets and Livestock:

    Marion County Community Services is coordinating animal care. Evacuees can get help and shelter for their livestock including sheep, goats, swine, horses, cattle, poultry, and domestic pets. No appointment is necessary, and people on site 24 hours a day, however, specific accommodations and special needs should be coordinated before arriving. Persons seeking animal respite should call 208-437-3002 to make arrangements. Below you will find volunteer links for horse, livestock, and small animals. Please pay close attention to the job descriptions and only sign up in areas that you have experience.

    • Horse Area: https://signup.com/go/wpgZceD MUST have horse experience. Some of these positions are adult –only, but the stall cleaning and feeding can be done by older youth.
    • Livestock Area: https://signup.com/go/CNtcane MUST have livestock experience. Some of these positions need to be filled by adults but cleaning, watering, and feeding can be done by older youth.
    • Small Animal Area: https://signup.com/go/mtZoXPp MUST have small animal experience.

    4. Mental Health Services available

    If you’re struggling due to the impacts of the Beachie Creek Fire and other wildfires impacting our region, Marion County’s Behavioral Heath Team is available to help. They have teams on-site at the Oregon State Fairgrounds offering support to those who have been displaced. Below are some other teams that are offering their services.

    • The Psychiatric Crisis Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help those experiencing a mental health crisis. Please call 503-585-4949 to speak to a team member.
    • Marion County Youth and Family Crisis Services are available to support youth up to 24 years of age who are struggling. The program can be reached at 503-576-4673.
    • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available to provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people in distress. Connect with the lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255

    5. How to support wildfire relief efforts

    Marion County Emergency Operations is seeking more volunteers for the Wildfire Evacuee Center in Salem. Please visit https://bit.ly/MarionCoVolunteers

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    Marion County Sheriff's Office Wildfire Efforts Morning Update - 9/15/2020
  • Sep
    14

    Marion County Sheriff's Office Beachie Creek Fire and Rescue Efforts Update - 9/14/2020

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to coordinate search and rescue efforts for areas in Marion County impacted by the Beachie Creek Fire.  As of this morning, the Sheriff’s Office has just 1 person remaining who has been reported as missing, we remain at 4 total confirmed fatalities at this time.

    Starting today, FEMA’s National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System will be helping the Marion County Sheriff’s Office with our continuing search efforts.  This team, which was established under the authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 1989, is a framework for organizing federal, state and local partner emergency response teams as integrated federal disaster response task forces. The US&R are able to provide assistance in structural collapse rescue and have K9 units and special equipment that is used for searching through fire and debris.

    If you have a loved one who is missing within Marion County, please contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 503-588-5032.

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    Marion County Sheriff's Office Beachie Creek Fire and Rescue Efforts Update - 9/14/2020
  • Sep
    14

    Marion County Sheriff's Office Evacuation Level Updates - 9/14/2020

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    Important Evacuation Information *Reduction of Levels*

    Current evacuation information for Marion County:

    LEVEL 3 “GO”

    Detroit
    Idanha
    Breitenbush
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Mill City
    Gates
    North Fork Rd recreation area

    LEVEL 2 “BE READY”

    Scott’s Mills
    Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane

    LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

    Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

    To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

    If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at www.LinnSheriff.org.

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    Marion County Sheriff's Office Evacuation Level Updates - 9/14/2020
  • Sep
    13

    Beachie Creek Fire Update - 9/13/2020 8:30 AM

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports no changes in evacuation levels overnight. 

    Current evacuation status in Marion County remains at:

    LEVEL 3 “GO”
    Detroit
    Idahna
    Breitenbush
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Mill City
    Gates
    North Fork Rd recreation area
    Scotts Mills

    Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road and Bridgecreek.

    LEVEL 2 “BE READY”
    Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

    LEVEL 1 “GET READY”
    Stayton
    Sublimity
    Aumsville
    Silverton
    Mt. Angel
    Meridian Rd South to Cascade Hwy
    West of Davis Creek
    West of Victor Point south to the County line

    To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

    If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at www.LinnSheriff.org.

    We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our community. Marion County Emergency Management has let us know there is a need for gas cards and pre-paid cell phones for the evacuees. These can be dropped off at the United Way donation site located at 1705 Silverton Rd NE, Salem (across the Oregon State Fair grounds. They are accepting donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about current donation needs and drop off locations, please visit https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/Fire/Pages/Additional-Resources.aspx

    We would like to thank our media partners for their continued support in sharing updated evacuation information. We ask that our media partners regularly check maps and alert banners to ensure the most accurate and up to date information is being shared.

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    Beachie Creek Fire Update - 9/13/2020 8:30 AM
  • Sep
    13

    Property status updates for Detroit & Idanha residents

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    Due to dangerous and unpredictable conditions in the Santiam Canyon, we are continuing to limit access to these areas to Fire and Law Enforcement personnel only. However, we have set up a phone line to call into and have a deputy go check on your residence and report back to you with a status update on the condition of your property in DETROIT and IDANHA only at this time.

    Please call 503-798-6823 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. 7 days a week to request a check on your residence. We will need the following information when you call:

    • Name

    • Address

    • Phone number

    • Anyone missing from the location, including name, age, phone number

    • Any animals at location

    We will process these requests as we receive them and a deputy will call you back. We understand the anxiety of not knowing the condition of your property and want to get you answers as soon as we safely can.

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    Property status updates for Detroit & Idanha residents
  • Sep
    13

    Evacuation Update - 9/13/2020 3:30 PM

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    Marion County Evacuation Update 
    September 13, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    As of 3:30 PM on September 13, 2020 the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is reducing the evacuation levels for the City of Scotts Mills and surrounding areas in Marion County. The reduction from Level 3 to Level 2 is being made following close consultation with Beachie Creek Fire management officials. Below are the following updated evacuation levels.

    Current evacuation information for Marion County

    LEVEL 3 “GO”
    Detroit
    Idanha
    Breitenbush
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Mill City
    Gates
    North Fork Rd recreation area

    Grade Road and Bridgecreek Road east of the Level 2 line

    Crooked Finger Road east of the level 2 line

    LEVEL 2 “BE READY”
    Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

    Scotts Mills

    LEVEL 1 “GET READY”
    Stayton
    Sublimity
    Aumsville
    Silverton
    Mt. Angel

    Meridian Rd South to Cascade Hwy

    West of Davis Creek

    West of Victor Point south to the County line

    To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

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    Evacuation Update - 9/13/2020 3:30 PM
  • Sep
    13

    Actualizaciones de propiedad para los residentes de Detroit Y Idanha

    Posted by: Fire Information - Spanish

    Debido a las peligrosas e impredecibles condiciones en el Cañón del Santiam (Santiam Canyon), seguimos limitando el acceso a estas zonas solamente al personal de bomberos y de las fuerzas del orden. Sin embargo, en este momento hemos establecido una línea telefónica para que un ayudante vaya a revisar su residencia y le informe con una actualización del estado de su propiedad en las ciudades de DETROIT e IDANHA.

    Por favor llame al 503-798-6823 entre las horas de 8:00 A.M. y 5:00 P.M. los 7 días de la semana para solicitar un chequeo de su residencia. Necesitaremos la siguiente información cuando llame:

    -Nombre

    -Dirección

    -Número de teléfono

    -Miembros que falten en el hogar, incluyendo el nombre, la edad, el número de teléfono

    -Cualquier animales en el hogar

    Procesaremos estas solicitudes a medida que las recibamos y un ayudante le devolverá la llamada. Entendemos la ansiedad de no saber la condición de su propiedad y queremos obtener respuestas tan pronto como podamos.

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    Actualizaciones de propiedad para los residentes de Detroit Y Idanha
  • Sep
    12

    Evacuation Update - 9/12/2020 1:00 PM

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    As of 1:00 p.m. on September 12, 2020, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is reducing the evacuation levels of several cities in Marion County. The reduction from Level 2 to Level 1 is being made following close consultation with Beachie Creek Fire management officials. Below are the following updated evacuation levels.

    Current evacuation information for Marion County:

    LEVEL 3 “GO”
    Detroit
    Idahna
    Breitenbush
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Mill City
    Gates
    North Fork Rd recreation area
    Scotts Mills

    Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road and Bridgecreek.

    LEVEL 2 “BE READY”
    Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

    LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

    Stayton
    Sublimity
    Aumsville
    Silverton
    Mt. Angel
    Meridian Rd South to Cascade Hwy
    West of Davis Creek
    West of Victor Point south to the County line

    To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

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    Evacuation Update - 9/12/2020 1:00 PM
  • Sep
    12

    Beachie Creek Fire Evening Update - 9/12/2020 6:35 PM

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​Earlier today, September 12th, 2020, there were several cities, in Marion County, that saw their evacuation levels reduced from Level 2 to Level 1. As we move into the evening, evacuation levels continue to remain the same.

    1.) Current evacuation information for Marion County

    LEVEL 3 “GO”
    Detroit
    Idahna
    Breitenbush
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Mill City
    Gates
    North Fork Rd recreation area
    Scotts Mills

    Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road and Bridgecreek.

    LEVEL 2 “BE READY”
    Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

    LEVEL 1 “GET READY”
    Stayton
    Sublimity
    Aumsville
    Silverton
    Mt. Angel
    Meridian Rd South to Cascade Hwy
    West of Davis Creek
    West of Victor Point south to the County line

    To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

    If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at www.LinnSheriff.org.

    2.) Community safety and security

    We want to remind everyone that there continues to be road closures and there is increased presence of patrol deputies in the evacuated areas to be available for search and rescue needs and to help prevent criminal behavior in the closure areas. No new arrests were made today in the Level 3 evacuation areas. Oregon law gives law enforcement the authority to arrest individuals who fail to adhere to evacuation directives while in prohibited areas during an emergency declaration. People arrested for crimes in Level 3 evacuation areas will have a public safety override to remain in custody until the time of arraignment. We continue to receive assistance from the Oregon National Guard who is staffing road closures leading into evacuated areas.

    3.) Missing persons

    We continue to receive questions about how to report someone believed to be missing in the evacuation area within Marion County. To report a family member missing, please contact our non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032. As of today, we have 5 people who have been reported as missing. The total number of known fatalities in Marion County due to the Beachie Creek Fire remains at 4.

    4.) Evacuation Update Level 3 Access for Animals/Livestock

    For residents living along Highway 22 in the Santiam Canyon west of Gates Hill Road will be allowed entry into the Level 3 evacuation area for the purposes of removing and feeding animals. Residents will be required to present identification that shows residency at road closure points to be allowed entry. Residents should leave immediately after caring or loading their animals/livestock. The Level 3 areas are still a high-risk area to be in and residents entering the area need to use extreme caution. If you need assistance regarding your animals or find loose domestic animals, please contact 503-391-7294. Additional resources regarding livestock and animal shelters can be found at Oregon Department of Agriculture at https://www.oregon.gov/oda/Pages/default.aspx

    5.) Boat Removal Information for Detroit Lake Marina & Kane’s Marina

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has been in regular contact with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on water levels in Detroit Lake regarding time lines for getting boats removed from two different marinas. Based on current water level projections, Detroit Lake Marina will be accessible once it is safe to do so until September 18, 2020. Kane’s Marina boat owners will have until October 5th, 2020. Current conditions do not allow for the safe removal of boats from either marina. As a reminder, we are asking boat owners to email Marion County Marine Patrol Deputy Garrett Olson at GOlson@co.marion.or.us their contact information. This will ensure all pre-planning measures can be set and ready for when safe removal can be made. Once it is determined to be safe we will advise the residents of date and time.

    6.) How to support wildfire relief efforts

    We appreciate the amazing outpouring of community support. Please avoid dropping off supplies directly at evacuation sites. Learn about current donation needs and drop off locations, please visit https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/Fire/Pages/Additional-Resources.aspx

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    Beachie Creek Fire Evening Update - 9/12/2020 6:35 PM
  • Sep
    11

    Beachie Creek Fire Update from Sheriff Kast - 9/11/2020

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    On 09/09/20, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced our search and rescue crews found human remains along with animal remains in a vehicle near the 26000 block of North Fork Road in the Santiam Canyon. The following day search and rescue personnel with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office returned to the area, escorting investigators. While conducting the recover, the remains of another individual were located in the vehicle.

    On 09/10/20, the Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office positively identified the two deceased people as 13-year-old, Wyatt Tofte of Lyons, Oregon and 71-year-old Peggy Mosso also of Lyons, Oregon.

    Our search and rescue teams continue their efforts to locate people who have been missing. Tragically, searchers have located two additional victims of the fire. Due to treacherous conditions, recovery efforts will be underway once a safe plan can be put into place. Once the remains are identified, names will be released pending notification of next of kin. The remains of two additional deceased individuals were found in the afternoon hours on 9/10/20.

    As of this afternoon, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has received a total of 27 missing persons reports since the beginning of the wildfires in the Santiam Canyon area.

    Sheriff Joe Kast said, “At a time of great loss, the women and men of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office want to express their deepest condolences to those in our community who have lost loved ones and homes during these last few days”.

    As of 6:00 P.M. today September 11, 2020, 13 of those reported as missing have been found and are safe. At this time, 10 people are still unaccounted for and 4 people have died during the Beachie Creek Fire in Marion County.

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    Beachie Creek Fire Update from Sheriff Kast - 9/11/2020
  • Sep
    11

    Marion & Linn County Sheriff's Offices Joint Update on Wildfire Efforts

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    1. Current evacuation information for Marion County

    LEVEL 3 "GO"

    Detroit Lyons Mehama Mill city Gates North Fork area Breitenbush Scotts Mills Idahna Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road and Bridgecreek.

    LEVEL 2 "BE READY"

    Stayton Sublimity Aumsville Silverton Mt. Angel Cascade Highway south of Abiqua Rd north of Silverton To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

    Current evacuation information for Linn County

    LEVEL 3 "GO"

    Detroit Idanha Gates Lyons Mill City Marion Forks Upper Calapooia Brush Creek

    LEVEL 2 "BE READY"

    West of Lyons to Cole School Rodgers Mountain Holley Crawfordsville south to county line

    LEVEL 1 "GET READY"

    Brownsville south Scio east to Cole School Road/Richardson Gap

    To see current Linn County Evacuation Zones please visit: https://www.linnsheriff.org/fire_live_updates_sept_2020/

    To see statewide evacuation zones visit Oregon Emergency Management, OEM, please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/oem/emops/Pages/RAPTOR.aspx

    2. Community safety and security

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is working closely with the Linn County Sheriff's Office and our local law enforcement partners for additional sworn personnel to help with patrolling evacuated areas in Marion and Linn Counties. Multiple agencies responded with additional officers and deputies, including the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department, Stayton Police Department, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Albany Oregon Police Department and the Oregon State Police. Those officers will patrol evacuated areas to prevent, and arrest, those who look to take advantage of vacant homes and businesses. Additionally, the Oregon National Guard is assisting by staffing roads at restricted access points.

    Reporting missing persons

    We continue to receive questions about how to report someone believed to be missing in the evacuation area within Marion and Linn Counties.

    To report a family member missing, please contact your county's non-emergency dispatch:

    Marion County Sheriff's Office 503-588-5032

    Linn County Sheriff's Office 541-976-3950

    3. Resident access to damaged areas

    At this time our office is working on a plan for residents who are displaced to safely return to their residences. We currently don't have a time line for when this will occur and will update our community members as soon as this information is available.

    4. Detroit Lake

    To help with pre-planning of removal of boats still on the water, we are asking boat owners to email Marion County Marine Patrol Deputy Garrett Olson at GOlson@co.marion.or.us with their contact information.

    County officials remain in contact with the U.S. Army Corps Engineers who are monitoring the water levels. Once it is determined to be safe we will advise the residents of date and time.

    5. Marion County Resources

    We appreciate the amazing outpouring of community support. Please avoid dropping off supplies directly at evacuation sites. Learn about current donation needs and drop off locations, please visit the Marion County website.

    6. Linn County Resources

    For those who may not have access to our online resources, we have set up a non-emergency line that should be used for questions regarding current evacuation levels, resource availability, volunteer needs and more. This phone number is 541-812-2260. Please keep in mind this number is to be used for non-emergencies that pertain to the wildfires in our area.

    Support for wildfire relief efforts in Linn County Livestock efforts:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/linncountylivestock

    Direct contact for Linn County evacuation supplies: Angela Johnson 541-926-4314

    7. Rumor Control

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office has not received any information to believe the wildfire activity in Marion County is the result of arson. 

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  • Sep
    10

    MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WILDFIRE EFFORTS UPDATE

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    1. Current evacuation information for Marion County

    Level 3 "GO"
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Detroit
    Gates
    Mill City
    North Fork Area
    Breitenbush
    Scotts Mills
    Idahna

    Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road, Ridgecreek and Powers Creek Loop.

    Level 2 "BE READY"
    Stayton
    Sublimity
    Aumsville
    Silverton
    Mt. Angel

    Cascade south of Abiqua Rd north of Silverton
    Anything south of Abiqua Rd

    To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

    To see statewide evacuation zones visit Oregon Emergency Management, OEM please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/oem/emops/Pages/RAPTOR.aspx

     2. Community safety and security

    We want to remind everyone that there continues to be road closures and there is increased presence of patrol deputies in the evacuated areas to be available for search and rescue needs and to help prevent criminal behavior in the closure areas. Oregon law gives law enforcement the authority to arrest individuals who fail to adhere to evacuation directives while in prohibited areas during an emergency declaration. People arrested for crimes in Level 3 evacuation areas will have a public safety override to remain in custody until the time of arraignment. We have been notified the Oregon National Guard will be assisting beginning tomorrow with staffing road closures.

    3. Reporting missing persons

    We continue to receive questions about how to report someone believed to be missing in the evacuation area within Marion County. To report a family member missing, please contact our non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032.

    4. Resident access to damaged areas

    At this time our office is working on a plan for residents, who are displaced, to safely return to their residences. We currently don’t have a time line for when this will occur and will update our community members as soon as this information is available.

    5. Detroit Lake:

    We are working on a plan to have the boats removed from Detroit Lake as soon as it is safe to do so. County officials remain in contact with the U.S. Army Corps Engineers who are monitoring the water levels. Once it is determined to be safe we will advise the residents of date and time.

    6. How to support wildfire relief efforts :

    We appreciate the amazing outpouring of community support. Please avoid dropping off supplies directly at evacuation sites. Learn about current donation needs and drop off locations, please visit https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/Fire/Pages/Additional-Resources.aspx.

    7. Rumor Control

    We've heard community concerns about looting, arson, and misinformation about evacuation statuses. The Marion County Sheriff's Office has received no reports of arson in Marion County. We encourage you to follow official websites and social media for up to date information concerning area wildfires.

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  • Sep
    10

    Beachie Creek Fire looters arrested after pursuit - 09/10/20

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​Marion County Ore: Earlier today, at approximately 10:11 a.m. on Thursday, September, 10th 2020, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious van in the area near Detroit, Oregon. Fire crews also reported seeing the van earlier in the town of Idahna and were concerned it was involved in the recent lootings.

    Deputies located the van near the Gates area driving at a high rate of speed.  Marion County deputies along with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police pursued the vehicle; as reports confirmed the vehicle was in fact involved in the recent lootings. The pursuit continued westbound on Highway 22 taking the exit into the Stayton/Sublimity areas. The suspect vehicle drove onto and through the golf course while deputies set up near Sublimity and successfully deployed spike strips and disabled the vehicle.  Two male suspects ran from the vehicle. With the assistance of Linn County’s K9 and other nearby agencies, one suspect was immediately located and taken into custody near the golf course. At the time he was seen as attempting to break into a home.

    The other male was seen going into a goat shed near the Golf Lane SE area.  He was located by a Linn County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit. Both suspects were taken into custody and identified as Anthony Travis Bodda age 21 and Alexander Justin Jones age 36.

    Sheriff Kast stated, "I am disappointed that while in a state of emergency these people would victimize members of our community.  The women and men of the Marion County Sheriff's Office are committed to holding people accountable if they chose to victimize residents from our evacuated areas.  We will continue to patrol evacuated areas and do our best to protect these areas from criminal behavior."

    Both were lodged at the Marion County Jail on a public safety override on the following charges: Attempted Theft in the first degree, Burglary in the second degree, Felony Elude, Att. Misdemeanor Elude, and Reckless Driving, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Possession of a Burglary Tool, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief in the first degreeI and Criminal Trespass in the second degree.

    Several items were recovered from inside the suspect vehicle and it is estimated that the damage caused to the golf course is $1,500.

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  • Sep
    9

    Sheriff's Office Confirms First Fire Related Fatality; Urge Community Members to Follow Evacuation Orders - 09/09/20

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​Sheriff's Office Confirms First Fire Related Fatality; Urge Community Members to Follow Evacuation Orders (Photo) - 09/09/20

    Our hearts are heavy today in knowing that so many families in our communities have been affected by the fires of these last few days.   Earlier today, September 9th, 2020, search and rescue teams from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office initiated an operation on North Fork Rd east of the community of Mehama.  This particular mission was in response to reports of a missing teenager and his dog.

    During the search and rescue mission, the roadways encountered by searchers were impassable.  Deputies utilized a front end loader and worked with fire teams and utility crews to clear a path to gain access to the area.

    Tragically, when they arrived deputies discovered the remains of the first known victim to this fire.  Initial reports received indicated there were two victims located.  We have confirmed searchers from the Sheriff’s Office located one victim deceased in a vehicle along with the remains of an animal.  Based upon the location they were found, deputies believe the remains are those of the missing youth and his dog.  The Sheriff’s Office will be working with the Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the identity of the deceased in the coming days. 

    Sheriff Kast said, “I can say personally, and on behalf of all our first responders, our hearts go out to the family. The investigation as to the specifics around this loss of life is ongoing.”

    The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with Fire Management Officials to plan for the safe execution of further search and rescue efforts in the Santiam Canyon.  Conditions remain extremely dangerous in the evacuation areas and it is critical community members and media refrain from entering the evacuation areas to allow for emergency services to focus their efforts on life safety operations.  To stay up to date on evacuation levels and resources for impacted community members please visit https://www.co.marion.or.us/Alerts?AlertId=83.

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  • Sep
    8

    Marion County declares emergency due to wildfires

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency for Marion County due to rapidly spreading wildfires in the county. Fires are expected to continue and have required evacuations.

    The emergency declaration allows the county to seek resources from the state government and implements the county's Emergency Operations Plan. It provides for emergency purchasing procedures and more flexibility for personnel utilization.

    The county will take all necessary steps to coordinate response and recovery from this emergency.

    Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, said, "Our sheriff's deputies and police and fire agencies were heroic and aided hundreds of people last night in the midst of fire. We will continue to work around the clock to protect our communities. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has lost homes or loved ones in this horrible fire."

    Current evacuations include:

    Level 3: "Go"
    Mill City
    Gates
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Detroit
    Idanha
    Hwy. 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Scotts Mills

    Level 2 evacuations: "Be Set"
    Stayton
    Sublimity
    Aumsville
    Silverton
    Mt. Angel
    Cascade Hwy. east to Hwy. 214 and from Mt. Angel/Silverton south to Hwy. 22

    An evacuation staging area has been established at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Additional information is available at (503) 391-7294. 


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  • Sep
    8

    El Condado de Marion declara la emergencia debido a los incendios forestales

    Posted by: Fire Information - Spanish

    Enviado por: Información sobre el fuego

    El martes 8 de septiembre de 2020, la Junta de Comisionados del Condado de Marion declaró el estado de emergencia en el Condado de Marion debido a la rápida propagación de los incendios forestales en el condado. Se espera que los incendios continúen y han requerido evacuaciones.

    La declaración de emergencia permite al condado buscar recursos del gobierno estatal e implementar el Plan de Operaciones de Emergencia del condado. En él se prevén procedimientos de compra de emergencia y más flexibilidad para la utilización del personal.

    El condado tomará todas las medidas necesarias para coordinar la respuesta y la recuperación de esta emergencia.

    El Comisionado Colm Willis, presidente, ha dicho: "Nuestros ayudantes del sheriff y las agencias de policía y de bomberos fueron heroicos y ayudaron a cientos de personas anoche en medio del fuego. Seguiremos trabajando día y noche para proteger a nuestras comunidades. Mis pensamientos y oraciones están con todos los que han perdido sus hogares o seres queridos en este horrible incendio".

    Las evacuaciones actuales incluyen:

    Nivel 3: "Tiempo de Ir"

    Mill City
    Gates
    Lyons
    Mehama
    Detroit
    Idanha
    Hwy. 214 al norte del Parque Estatal Silver Falls a Scotts Mills

    Evacuaciones de nivel 2: "Estén preparados"

    Stayton
    Sublimity
    Aumsville
    Silverton
    Mt. Angel
    Cascada Hwy. Al Este de Hwy. 214 y desde Mt. Angel/Silverton sur al Hwy. 22

    Se ha establecido una zona de evacuación en los terrenos de la Feria Estatal de Oregón (Oregon State Fairgrounds). Se puede obtener información adicional llamando al número (503) 391-7294.

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  • Sep
    3

    Dog Services waives late fees on dog licenses

    Posted by: Community Services - Dog Services

    ​Marion County Dog Services will waive late fees on dog licenses until October 31, 2020. Similar to other county offices, Dog Services has been quick to adapt to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dog Services Director Ann Potter said, "During the pandemic many dog owners have been unable to schedule vaccines for their dogs. As veterinary offices adjust to new parameters, owners sometimes must wait several weeks for non-emergency appointments and some owners have faced late fees through no fault of their own." Any Marion County dog owner can license their dogs with no late fee penalty through October 31, 2020.

    Dog licenses are required by state law for all dogs six months and older in Oregon.  Licensing originally began as a way to mandate rabies vaccinations and has worked to nearly eliminate rabies from our dog population. Rabies is still sporadically found in some wild animals, so it is important that dogs continue to be vaccinated. Licensing also supports care of lost dogs that end up at the dog shelter. 

    Dog licenses can be obtained at the Marion Dog Shelter located at 3550 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, OR. Licenses can also be purchased through many local veterinary clinics. For a complete list of licensing locations, please visit mcdogs.net or call (503) 566-6966. 

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  • Sep
    2

    Bat tests positive for rabies

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    ​Public health officials are warning area residents to take precautions after a rabid bat was found in a rural area of Marion County west of Woodburn.

    A dog owned by a resident in the area came into contact with a bat on August 28, 2020. The bat was sent to Oregon State University for testing. Results confirmed the bat was positive for rabies.  

    According to the Oregon Health Authority, bats are the most common carriers of rabies in this state. About 8 to 10 percent of the bats tested for rabies are positive every year. So far in 2020, six bats have tested positive for rabies in Oregon and this is the second bat in Marion County that has tested positive for rabies.

    Do not approach bats, wildlife, or other mammals exhibiting odd behavior. Authorities emphasize the main protection from rabies for humans is ensuring pets are vaccinated for rabies and avoiding contact with stray animals and wildlife.  Check with your veterinarian on the rabies vaccine status of your pet if you’re not sure.

    Public health officials advise taking extreme precautions before attempting to handle a bat. If it is necessary to pick up a bat, it is best to wear heavy gloves, use a shovel, or both. Sick bats may be seen flopping around on the ground or otherwise acting unusual. If you find a sick bat or other sick wildlife on your property, take children and pets indoors. If you do have an exposure (e.g., scratch or bite) from a bat, immediately clean the wound and seek medical attention. If your pet encounters a bat, or has been bitten by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian immediately or call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 866-968-2600.

    In the event of bat contact, such as a bite or scratch, an attempt should be made to safely capture the bat for testing for the rabies virus. Efforts should be made to collect the bat without destroying the head and the bat should be kept in a cool place.  Immediately seek medical attention and report the incident to Marion County at 503-588-5346.

    For more information about rabies, please visit the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division website or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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  • Sep
    2

    Marion County Fire Defense Board issues outdoor burn ban effective Sept. 4

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    The Marion County Fire Defense Board has issued a countywide burn ban effective, September 4, 2020, due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall, and ongoing dry conditions.

    The burn ban includes yard debris, agricultural burning, and permits issued for open burning until further notice. Check with your local fire department/district for more information. For the most current information, please call the Burn Information Line at (877) 982-0011.

    Restrictions include:

    • Backyard burning (yard debris, etc.).

    • Agricultural burning, regulated through Department of Agriculture, contact your local fire agency for special situations.

    • Land clearing or slash burning.

    Barbecue grills are allowed if flame is not visible while cooking. They must have a lid to cover open flames. Warming fires that use LPG are allowed. Anything that emits embers is banned.

    Federal agencies have independent jurisdiction and authority to regulate recreational fires on their lands so this ban does not apply to the U.S. Forest Service and BLM regulated lands; however, adhering to these precautions is wise.

    Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be held liable for the cost of putting out a fire and for any property damage resulting from an illegal fire.

    Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures, and maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.

    The Marion County Fire Defense Board provides the following tips:

    • Know fire risks and obey fire restrictions, such as campfire bans. 

    • Avoid parking or driving on dry grass as hot vehicles can start a wildfire. 

    • Vehicles are required to have a shovel and fire extinguisher or at least a gallon of water in many areas. 

    • Do not use candles, fireworks, tiki torches, or other open flames in wildland areas. 

    • Remember that sky lanterns are illegal in Oregon airspace. 

    • Dispose of smoking material in deep, sturdy ashtrays. 

    • Make sure butts and ashes are extinguished with water. 

    • Never discard butts on the ground or in vegetation. 

      For more wildfire prevention information and restrictions, we encourage you to visit Keep Oregon Green at www.keeporegongreen.org and the Oregon Department of Forestry at www.oregon.gov.

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  • Jun
    23

    County works to finalize contract with local hotel for isolation rooms

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​Marion County Health & Human Services is working to finalize a contract with a local hotel in the Woodburn area to provide an isolated, short-term location for Marion County residents with a possible exposure or a confirmed case of COVID-19 with mild symptoms, to self-isolate when they cannot otherwise do so safely. The contract is a requirement under Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s phased reopening framework, and is intended to ensure the county is prepared to protect residents and prevent the spread of the virus as the state moves forward with reopening.

    The hotel, an 81-room facility in the Woodburn-area, was selected because it will allow guests to safely distance themselves from others while also providing access to an on-site public health nurse to provide wellness checks and monitor symptoms. The hotel has been secured to house people unable to safely isolate, including farm workers and those who are under the supervision of Marion County Parole and Probation. The typical term of stay will be 14 days to isolate and quarantine, depending on the time frame of when the individual developed symptoms or was exposed to the virus. To start, the county anticipates that 10-15 individuals will be housed in the hotel.

    The safety and security of the community are a top priority for the county. Each guest will sign a Standards of Conduct Agreement, outlining acceptable behaviors and expectations while in isolation. Security will be at the hotel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guests will not leave the facility during the isolation period and Marion County staff will tend to the needs of the individuals, including food and wellness checks.

    Marion County’s Public Health Director, Katrina Rothenberger, stated, “This is a required resource for many people in our community who do not have other means to protect friends, coworkers, or loved ones from COVID-19 if they have a confirmed case or have been exposed. The hotel will allow us to slow the spread of COVID-19 by giving those with no place else to go a place to safely isolate.”

    Before individuals leave the hotel, their symptoms will have been monitored for a minimum of three days by the on-site public health nurse, and transportation will be coordinated to return the individual to their community upon leaving the hotel. The county Health and Human Services Department will begin managing the facility on July 1, 2020.


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  • Jun
    17

    Phase 2 Reopening of Marion County to Begin on June 19

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority approved Marion County to enter Phase 2 of its reopening roadmap. Starting June 19, many additional types of businesses and activities will be allowed to resume or expand operations. Commissioner Kevin Cameron said that, “This important milestone comes at a critical time of need as families struggle with unemployment, businesses work hard to recover, and farmers begin their harvests. We’re thrilled to enter Phase 2 and get public life in Marion County moving again.”

    In Phase 2, swimming pools, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and arcades can reopen. Bars and restaurants will be able to expand hours of operation to stay open until midnight. Social, civic, and faith-based gatherings can meet in larger groups. Some recreational sports can resume, including training activities within college athletic programs. Importantly, Phase 2 retains several physical distancing and sanitation measures for businesses and other activities to help limit the spread of the coronavirus as people become more active in the community.

    Marion County’s roadmap for reopening was developed in collaboration with county health experts, other local leaders, and regional public health partners. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, “We’re proud to see that our county has successfully slowed the spread of COVID-19 to the point where we can confidently move into Phase 2. Today’s success is a testament to the hard work and resiliency of the people of Marion County.”

    Throughout reopening, anyone who feels sick should remain at home. Additionally, high-risk individuals who are over 65 years of age or suffering from chronic illnesses should continue to remain home as much as possible. We encourage all individuals to continue to follow physical distancing guidelines. All businesses, organizations, and activities that choose to reopen should follow state guidelines, many of which are available by specific sector and type of activity. Face coverings are strongly recommended for all individuals and are required for employees in many businesses.

    Guidance for businesses and other information is available on the county’s website: COVID-19.MCHealthy.net.




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  • Jun
    17

    Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Marion County

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    ​Public health officials are warning area residents to take precautions after a rabid bat was found in the Stayton area of Marion County, Oregon. 

    A dog with a current rabies vaccine owned by a resident of the Stayton area was bitten by a bat on June 12, 2020.  The bat was sent to Oregon State University for testing. Results confirmed the bat was positive for rabies. Based on the positive test, Marion County Public Health recommended the dog be quarantined for 45 days and given another rabies vaccine. 

    According to the Oregon Health Authority, bats are the most common carriers of rabies in this 
    state. About 8-10% of bats tested for rabies are positive every year. So far in 2020, 3 bats have tested positive for rabies in Oregon. 

    Authorities emphasize the main protection for humans is to make sure pets are vaccinated and avoid contact with stray animals and wildlife. Public health officials advise taking extreme precautions before attempting to handle a bat. If it is necessary to pick up a bat, it is best to wear heavy gloves, use a shovel, or both. 

    The public should not approach bats, wildlife, or other mammals seen exhibiting odd behavior. Sick bats may be seen flopping around on the ground or otherwise acting unusual. If you find a sick bat or other sick wildlife on your property, take children and pets indoors. If you do have an exposure (e.g., scratch or bite) from a bat, immediately clean the wound and seek medical attention. If the bat has been captured, do not crush the bat or throw it away, as intact bats can be tested for rabies, which can help avoid post-exposure rabies shots. If your pet has encountered a bat or been bitten by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian immediately or call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 866-968-2600. 

    In the event of bat contact such as a bite or scratch, an attempt should be made to safely capture the bat for testing for the rabies virus. Efforts should be made to collect the bat without destroying the head and the bat should be kept in a cool place. Immediately seek medical attention and report the incident to Marion County at 503-588-5346. 

    For more information about rabies, please visit the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division website at: 
    https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/RABIES/Pages/rabies.aspx

    Information is also available on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at:  https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html  


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  • Jun
    11

    Phase 2 Reopening Deferred Another Week

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​On Thursday, June 11, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority determined that Marion County was not approved to enter Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, June 12. In her letter to the county, Governor Brown noted that it failed to meet two of the six criteria laid out in her guidelines for Phase 2 reopening. The county’s application will be reassessed in one week based off of data gathered in the next seven day period. 

    In response to Governor Brown’s decision, Commission Chair Colm Willis shared, “We are disappointed in the governor’s decision. The County has worked diligently with our Public Health team to ensure we are prepared for a safe Phase 2 reopening. We will continue this work and are hopeful that our application will be approved as soon as possible.” 


    Marion County’s roadmap for reopening was developed in collaboration with county health experts, local leaders, and regional public health partners. The county will continue to evaluate the data as it is available and looks forward to entering Phase 2 as soon as possible. County Commissioner Kevin Cameron said, “Of course we want to see the number of cases falling steadily, but that is an unrealistic expectation. As more businesses reopen and people are doing more activities outside their homes, some occasional increases are anticipated. With the increase in testing throughout the county, we can also expect to see an uptick in known cases. We are also working closely with farms and food processing facilities to prevent outbreaks in facilities where physical distancing is often a challenge.” 

    As the county looks toward Phase 2 of reopening, the health and safety of all Marion County residents is top of mind. This decision comes at a critical time of need as families struggle with unemployment, businesses work hard to recover, and farmers begin their harvests. County Commissioner Sam Brentano stated “I don’t agree with the decision and I think it’s time we explore all our options. “ 

    Marion County remains committed to working with the Governor’s office, the Oregon Health Authority, and local health and community partners to enter Phase 2 of reopening once state officials give their approval. 


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  • May
    20

    Limited Reopening of Marion County to Begin on May 22

    Posted by:

    ​On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority approved the Community Roadmap for a Limited Reopening of Marion County starting Friday, May 22.

    The approved plan represents a collaboration with state and county health experts, local leaders, and regional public health partners. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, "We are proud of what our communities and public health teams have accomplished to slow the spread of COVID-19. As we have all worked together to protect public health, we have also seen businesses closed and livelihoods destroyed. Our plan encourages businesses, churches, and other organizations to move forward in a limited capacity while continuing to protect the health of our community."

    Phase 1 of the approved community roadmap allows reopening of several types of businesses and services, while keeping sanitation, physical distancing, face covering, and crowd size measures in place. Eventually, phases 2 and 3 of the plan allow for increased gathering sizes and resumption of non-essential travel, nursing home and hospital visits, and additional seating at restaurants, bars, and other venues. The county is required to remain in Phase 1 for at least 21 days, and advancement to phases 2 and 3 will be allowed only if public health monitoring indicates it is safe.

    Throughout reopening, anyone who feels sick should remain at home. Additionally, high-risk individuals who are over 65 years of age or suffering chronic illnesses should continue to remain home as much as possible. All businesses and organizations that choose to reopen should follow state guidelines, many of which are described in detail sector by sector. We encourage all individuals to continue to follow physical distancing guidelines.

    In recognition that additional restrictions and guidelines may be needed as circumstances evolve, we remain committed to working with the Governor's office, the Oregon Health Authority, and local health and community partners to monitor progress and refine the roadmap as needed.


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    Limited Reopening of Marion County to Begin on May 22
  • May
    14

    Marion County Reopening to Begin Later than Proposed

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority determined that Marion County's application for a limited reopening must be deferred to a later date. While many counties across Oregon will begin reopening on May 15, others, including Marion and Polk counties, will not yet reopen. Our application will be reviewed by the state again next Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, statewide and in Marion County, some stand-alone "Main Street" retail businesses, such as furniture stores, art galleries, jewelry stores, and boutiques, can reopen on May 15 if they agree to follow safety guidelines. Additionally, childcare, summer school, camps, and youth programs can reopen with specific limitations and guidelines. We also want our community to know that all county parks and boat ramps will be open for day use beginning May 15 (playgrounds will remain closed).

    In response to Governor Brown's decision, Commission Chair Colm Willis shared, "My heart goes out to all of the people who have been affected by this virus, including all of the family-owned businesses and their employees who have not had a paycheck for more than two months. We will continue to do everything we can to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community and get the people of Marion County back to work as soon as possible."

    We remain committed to working with the Governor's office, the Oregon Health Authority, and local health and community partners. We are reviewing the information provided by the Governor's Office and are considering all of our options in moving forward toward timely reopening.


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  • May
    6

    Commissioners Adopt Roadmap for a Limited Reopening of Marion County Beginning on May 15

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    During its regular weekly board session on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution for beginning to reopen businesses, restaurants, churches, and county parks. Phase 1 of the community roadmap for reopening will begin on May 15. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, "Many people in Marion County are suffering right now. This plan ensures first and foremost, the safety of the people of Marion County and fairness for our families and small businesses."  

    Working closely with our county Health and Human Services experts, local leaders, and regional public health partners, the roadmap is based on the Governor's guidelines for reopening counties across the state. Commissioner Willis adds, "In our case, the roadmap is tailored to fit the specific needs of our communities. We have worked hard with state and regional partners to prepare a thoughtful, balanced approach to supporting a safe, strong, and thriving Marion County."

    In Phase 1, the roadmap proposes reopening several types of businesses and services, keeping in place sanitation protocols and specific limits on physical distancing, face coverings, and crowd size until public health monitoring shows it is safe to move to later phases. Hospital visits will remain prohibited at this time, as will night clubs and most large venues.

    Monitoring community health and safety is very important as the limited, phased reopening gets underway. Marion County Public Health Director Katrina Rothenberger is leading efforts to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic and observes that, "Local hospitals have ample capacity today and much more so than a few weeks ago when the virus first arrived in Oregon." She goes on to add, "As businesses and other sectors begin to reopen, we will closely track new cases of the virus and will take immediate action if we see an unacceptable increase in new cases and hospitalizations." Meanwhile, the roadmap has very specific details about what types of preventive measures are required for each type of business, venue, and activity.

    Marion County is committed to working with the Governor's office, local healthcare providers, and other community partners to update and refine the roadmap as needed.



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  • Dec
    20

    Construction project will bring improvements to 45th Avenue

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM OR – Marion County has contracted Carter & Company to begin construction on 45th Avenue beginning January 13, 2020. The project will be constructed in several stages and is estimated to be completed in 2021.

    The project will widen the road to accommodate bike lanes, add a turn lane at Fire Protection Way, construct missing sidewalk sections and ramps, and upgrade the stormwater system.  Once construction is complete, the road will receive an asphalt overlay from Ward Drive to Silverton Road.

    The road will remain open with flaggers directing traffic through the work area. Motorists should expect short delays and are advised to use alternate routes.  When traveling through the work area, please remain alert, follow flagger instructions and be considerate of pedestrians, bicyclists, and construction workers.

    For additional information, contact Tina Powell, Office Specialist, or Shane Ottosen Jr, Project Engineer, at 503-588-5036

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