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A wildfire evacuee's story

Gus Liszka of Naked Acres Farm explains what it was like to evacuate from the wildfire with her livestock. 

UPDATE RELATED TO WILDFIRE EVACUEES-9/15/2020

Westside Commons now has less than 200 animals on site who were evacuated due to the wildfires. Daily we are seeing animals leave us as they are reunited with their owners and able to return to their property as the wildfire threat levels are reduced.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Posse has provided outstanding assistance for the care of the animals along with the support of the Washington County 4-H program's volunteers, and livestock professionals from the Oregon Humane Society. Additionally, we still have local veterinarians stopping by multiple times each day at no cost to the owner or to our facility. We cannot thank everyone enough for the generous efforts, including our Sheriff's Department who brought out the Mobile Command Unit so staff and volunteers could come in out of the smoky air.

Currently, the care of the animals is being handled and is adequately staffed, so there is no need for volunteers or additional supplies at this point. The local restaurants continue to bring food and drinks to everyone on site and we are very appreciative of the support!


MEDIA CONTACT:

Lisa DuPre', Public Affairs & Communications Coordinator / Westside Commons Marketing & Events Coordinator
503-358-9100
Lisa_Dupre@co.washington.or.us



We will all get back together to celebrate as a community once it is safe to do so, and we’re already thinking about the Big Fair Fun we want to bring you in 2021! #fairstrong

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