Temporary emergency shelter opened at Benton County Fairgrounds and Events Center

Benton County LogoA temporary emergency shelter has been established at Benton County Fairgrounds for evacuees of several fires in Western Oregon. The shelter opened Tuesday night, September 8 after Benton County received a mutual aid request from Linn County. There are no active wildfires in Benton County. There are no evacuation orders for Benton County at this time.

Early Tuesday, the State of Oregon established an emergency shelter at the State Fairgrounds in Salem. The shelter reached capacity within hours, and evacuees began to be diverted to Linn County’s shelter. Linn County anticipated that their shelter would soon reach capacity and sent a mutual aid request to Benton County.

The emergency shelter at the fairgrounds is able to host vehicles, RVs, and livestock trailers. Tent camping is not available at this time due to hazardous air quality conditions. Call Fairgrounds Manager Lynne McKee at 541-243-2491 for more information on the available accommodations at the emergency shelter.

During this trying time, many people are in need of help and many more are looking to support those in need. To help coordinate donations and volunteers, Benton County has launched the site bentoncountywildfireresponse.recovers.org. Please visit this site to let us know if you have time or materials to donate, or you are in need of support.

Residents that would like to donate supplies to shelter residents and those impacted by the wildfires can drop-off supplies at the underground parking structure of the Benton County Library at 645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97330.

Drop off times are: 

Wednesday 9/9: 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday 9/10: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday 9/11: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9/12: 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Sunday 9/13: 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Monday 9/14: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Requested supplies include:

  • Water
  • Clothing (All Types)
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Flashlights
  • Sanitation Supplies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Soap
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Tooth Paste
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Disposable Razors
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diapers
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • First Aid Kits
  • Garbage Bags
  • Shampoo/ Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Detergent
  • Towels
  • Reading Glasses
  • Water Bottles
  • Toys/ Card Games
  • Batteries
  • Shower Shoes
  • Bus Passes
  • Baby Formula
  • Ziplock Bags (Quart and Gallon)
  • Paper Towels/ Napkins
  • Pet Food
  • Deodorant
  • Body Wash
  • New Hair Combs
  • Shaving Gel
  • Juice Boxes