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As the Ashes Cool

We’re approaching the end of the saddest week imaginable for our beautiful valley. The open-armed support I've seen people offering one another since Monday has been affirming and inspiring. You can fortify the work of some of them through the “Where to Give” section below.

As of noon today, Friday, the Almeda fire that ravaged the southern half of Jackson County is 50 percent contained, but some areas are still under evacuation level 3. If those include your home, please wait for the okay from public safety personnel before returning; those areas still have a variety of hazards. If you’re trying to find out if a particular property was hit by the fire, this 30-minute helicopter video may answer your question.

The most timely resources we’ve found are below. If you know a resource you want us to share, please let me have it at or my Facebook page, where we’ll continue to update information.

We will get through this ferociously difficult time. Stay safe.


Senator Jeff Golden, Oregon Senate District 3

Emergency Information

  • If you need immediate help, call the Jackson County communications line, 541-776-7338.

  • To receive emergency alerts, text 888-777 with your zip code for all fire and evacuation messages.

  • For up to date evacuation levels, visit the Jackson County Emergency Management page.

  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, see a fire, or have a life safety need, call 9-1-1. 

  • If you are in need of mental health support, call Jackson County Mental Health541-774-8201. They are open 24hrs/day. 

  • If you are in need of mental health support, you can text the Crisis Text lineText HOME to 747-747.

  • If you have friends or family missing due to the Almeda fire, use this application to make first responders aware.

  • If you have been evacuated and need a place to stay, click here for information about shelters. The Expo is designated as a meeting place, but is not a shelter.

  • If you've been evacuated, you can let family and friends know you are safe by using the Red Cross Safe & Well site. Click here or download the Red Cross Emergency App to mark yourself safe.

  • To receive county emergency alerts through text, sign up for the Jackson County Citizen Alert system. If you live in Ashland, you can sign up for text alerts through Nixle.

Where to Find Help

  • If you have been evacuated and need a place to stay, click here for information about shelters. 

  • Do you need a meal? Click here and scroll half-way down the page for free meal locations in Ashland, Medford, and Eagle Point.

  • Kids Unlimited in Medford has clothing, toys, food, and toiletries for those who have been impacted by the fires to come pick up. Go to 821 N. Riverside in the alley down the side of the gym from their parking lot.

  • Kids Unlimited in Medford and White City will be having food services Monday-Friday 9am-1pm. See the map below for more details.

Where to Give

  • United Way of Jackson County has set up a Fire Relief Fund for those who would like to donate.

  • Rogue Valley Credit Union has set up a Fire Relief Fund and has pledged to match up to $50,000 in donations.

  • Visit here if you would like to volunteer to help.

Updated Information

  • Click here to listen to the Jackson County live Police and Fire scanner.

  • Jackson County provides updates through their Twitter page.

  • Jackson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page is a good source for general information, including evacuation maps.

  • Governor Brown has created this page for Wildfire Resources. This page will continue to be updated with additional resources.

  • Review the different evacuation level meanings here.

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1703
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-421, Salem, OR, 97301 
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