Santiam Fire: Volcanoes Stadium opens shelter for evacuees
Marina and Pat Donohue spent a confined night in their Mini Cooper parked at the Volcanoes Stadium lot after abandoning their house on S Abiqua Road Tuesday early morning.
After waking up in their automobile Wednesday, they extended, strolled their canine, and accepted an invite for coffee from Jerry and Carol Hogue, a couple who camped out in their Recreational Vehicle after leaving their home in Drakes Crossing.
About 30 automobiles– mainly RVs– were sprawled out in the Keizer stadium’s parking lot around 7 a.m. Wednesday. Light flurries of ash rained progressively over a pile of donated cases of water bottles, bags of pet food, soda, chips, and pillows set up near the entryway of the lot.
The lot opened Tuesday to take in extra evacuees leaving from wildfires.
Dwight Reinwald, a Community Emergency situation Response Group volunteer at the stadium, said numerous of the donations were sent back to the Oregon State Fair Grounds after discovering several people were currently well-stocked.
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Many of the evacuees are “taking care of themselves,” stated Reinwald, of Keizer.
Hundreds of families– with cats, pet dogs and horses in tow– left to the fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE in Salem. Volunteers from Red Cross Cascades Area set up a staging center for those affected by the fires in the parking area throughout from the Jackman-Long Building.
By around 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Jackman-Long building was bustling with volunteers, donning yellow reflective vests, serving lunch catered by Olive Garden and inspecting in on evacuees. A nurse from Marion County Health and Person Services screened individuals and examined temperatures.
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Around 9 a.m. Tuesday, the Donohues’ left their home tucked in a cul-du-sac about 2 miles east of Highway 213 and drove up Uneven Finger Road to observe their smoky environments.
” We believed, ‘Gee, the sky is looking sort of threatening,'” Marina said.
When they brought up to their home about an hour later on, they saw some of their next-door neighbors packing their pets into automobiles. One next-door neighbor informed them, ‘We require to leave.”
The couple got essential files, a computer and iPad, household picture albums, some paintings, a sleeping bad, 2 chairs, a camping tent, their canine and some clothing to load in their Mini Cooper and Hyundai Tucson.
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They parked at the Wilco car park near Silverton to determine their next actions.
” We remained there for a while attempting to get news and determine where to go,” Marina said.
They reached the Volcanoes Stadium off Interstate 5 around 6 p.m., however “we recognized the air quality was truly bad,” Pat said. They chose to drive to Willamette Mission State Park, wishing to find an area to pitch their camping tent away from the highway. But they were told the area was “not set up” to accept evacuees, so they reversed.
Pat and Marina prepared to drive back house Wednesday wanting to find it still standing.
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” From what I have actually seen on my phone, whatever is probably OKAY,” Pat said. “I do not know if there’s any electricity– I question it.”