Lane County sets up livestock evacuation shelter at fairgrounds

“I think an added factor this year with the fires is also the temperatures that we're seeing."

Posted: Aug 12, 2021 5:44 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2021 6:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With more than one fire burning in Lane County, officials have set up an evacuation shelter for livestock and bigger animals at the county fairgrounds.

This is the second time the county has done this, with the first time being for the Holiday Farm Fire.

Elyse Larkin, the animal welfare officer for Lane County, said the fairgrounds is the ideal shelter for livestock.

Anyone under an evacuation notice due to the Kwis or Knoll fire are encouraged to evacuate animals early.

“I think an added factor this year with the fires is also the temperatures that we're seeing,” said Larkin. “So not only are animals going to be stressed by the smoke but they're also going to be stressed by the heat.”

The shelter is currently open from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. but times may change depending on the evacuation notices.

Those with pets can reach out to Greenhill Humane Society for evacuation shelters.

Evacuation crates are available at the Oakridge Fire Station from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

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