Oregon’s wildfires had a temporary impact in Albany with poor air quality that has since lifted and our air quality is good. The wildfires had a significant impact in parts of Linn County particularly the north santiam canyon of the west Cascades. While Fire danger is less now, it has never been more important to practice good stewardship. Check tripcheck before departing. Roads, parks and businesses may still be closed due to the fires, some have now closed for the season. Please call ahead to confirm your destination is open and ready to welcome you. Conditions and responses can change quickly.
For current park/camping availability, see the Linn County Parks closures page
Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon CEO, shared his thoughts in a recent letter. “There are no words that can capture the devastation Oregon has experienced as wildfires ravage our state. The loss of lives, destruction of homes, businesses, belongings and natural environment that make up the fabric of our communities is heartbreaking. We all know someone for whom this loss is a reality – and that means we all have a role in the response and recovery.” We couldn’t have said it better.
Travel Oregon is also providing up-to-date information and resources on ways to help.
Evacuation orders in effect. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is currently coordinating evacuation and advisory efforts with area law enforcement and fire agency partners, along with the State of Oregon, related to fires in the North Santiam Canyon areas of Idanha, Detroit, Gates, Mill City, Lyons and Mehama. In addition, coordination efforts are actively underway for the areas of Crawfordsville, Holly, Upper Calapooia Road, and the HWY20 Corridor from Foster, and east to the Mountain House.
All recreation offerings across the Willamette National Forest are currently closed including campgrounds, day use areas, trails, boat ramps and more. Forest Service roads are closed to the public across the Willamette National Forest unless you are vacating. Please avoid the area.
There are no active fires in Albany, but fires from surrounding areas and extreme weather conditions have created an unhealthy air quality. Some areas are better than others so please check the map.
The Willamette Valley Visitors Association (WVVA) has listed several regional updates and resources
Outdoor Recreation closures. Many outdoor spaces are closed by land management agencies due to fire danger. Use these links to check the most current status of public lands and make the safest possible decision: Oregon State Parks fire information page
The Albany Visitors Association staff and volunteers in Linn County, Oregon are are available to answer visitor questions and provide assistance in-person or by phone, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stop by, give us a call at 541.928.0911, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Non-Emergency Line Set Up for Linn County Sheriff
For those who may not have access to the Sheriff’s online resources, they 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 only that pertain to the wildfires in our area.