Oregon Wildfires and Vote by Mail

Oregon Wildfires and Vote by Mail

9/11/2020, updated 9/17/2020

Photo credit: Michael Mann @AboveTheNorthwest


Our hearts go out to those affected by our devastating wildfires around much of Oregon. The League supports emergency preparedness. Keeping Oregonians safe is an immediate priority. League members are here to help with voting information. Check VOTE411.org for information on your ballots. Please see the links below for help.

Please be safe,

Becky Gladstone, President, LWVOR

Voting Information

Get Your Ballots

Despite evacuations and possible mail disruption in burned areas, Oregon voters can GET THEIR BALLOTS. For election security, USPS does not forward ballots. Voters can register two addresses through the Secretary of State’s “MyVote” (https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/myvote.aspx).

  • Keep your residential address, whether the structure is still there or not so the ballot mailed to you will contain contests for where you lived when the disaster occurred.
  • Add a forwarding address, where you will be when ballots start mailing on October 14th. Your forwarding address can be any US or post office box address, including your County Elections Office.

Return Your Ballots

Oregon ballots have pre-paid USPS return envelopes. The League encourages voters to save this cost by dropping ballots directly into drop boxes. Some drop boxes may be damaged or inaccessible from fires. As usual, the ballot drop box locator map will be updated 20 days before the election. Ballots returned by 8pm election day to any Oregon drop box will be delivered to your home county and WILL BE COUNTED. For more local election information, contact your County Elections Official.

Wildfire Information


If you’ve been affected by Oregon wildfires, apply for help as soon as possible; funding is limited.
Start with Wildfire.Oregon.Gov because it has extensive information.
Please register on the Red Cross Safe &Well list.

Specific Help:

Emergency Shelter: Links for disaster recovery centers, Red Cross and Salvation Army Shelters, and more help.

FEMA Federal Disaster Assistance (info) and DisasterAssistance.gov (application):

Food Pantry Near You: Check this Oregon Food Bank dynamic map. Call ahead as hours may change

Housing Grants: Apply for Oregon Housing Community Services (OHCS) grants quickly. These may impact your ability to get FEMA benefits so OHCS is wait listing and coordinating with Oregon Office of Emergency Management and FEMA to maximize awards. Funds may be held till they can assure they won’t jeopardize the FEMA relief, which could be more.

Oregon Counties eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance Program Funds: Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion. Oregon wildfire housing relief (apply for waitlist), Solicite ayuda para viviendas por incendios forestales en Oregon (lista de espera).

FEMA Oregon Wildfire Disaster Survivors Assistance, and more from FEMA:


Be Informed

Please check on family, friends, neighbors, and others you know during these challenging times. If you are in or expect evacuation conditions, please prepare in advance by organizing what to take with you, checking routes in advance, and arranging where you’ll stay. Share the collaborative, reliably updated resources below for the latest information and recommendations. Many of these wildfire and evacuation updates, along with air quality advisories, etc., are catalogs of other direct links to reliable primary information sources.

Get Emergency Alerts Sign up in your Oregon County

Wireless Emergency Alerts also known as “reverse 911”, are sent through the FEMA integrated public alert warning system. Andrew Phelps, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, cautions that these are “opt-in systems” and they can be disabled, so check your cell phone settings to be sure you’ll get them. go to a website, cell, home #, address. At county levels. Listen to radio, emergency alert system. Stay Alert, stay connected. Here are a few information county pages. Send yours and we can add them.

Use the Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard Map with tabs for:

  • Dynamic Current Fires Map (multi-jurisdiction collaboration)
  • Air Quality
  • Dynamic Fire Potential Map (OR Dept of Forestry)
  • GOES clouds & smoke view, (NOAA National Environmental Satellite, data & Info Svcs)
  • NWCC 7 Day fire potential forecast (NW Interagency Coordination Ctr)

Check Most recent fire perimeter MAP, OR RAPTOR Map, OR Office of Emergency Management
Raptor: Real-Time Assessment & Planning Tool for Oregon

Check Air Quality





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