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A motorist is advised they cannot proceed east past a roadblock at the McKenzie Fire District Station in Leaburg, Oregon, last week.

The dire need for shelter in the wake of Oregon’s wildfires is creating a demand in Seaside, Chamber of Commerce CEO Brian Owen said last Friday.

“From what I can tell, our lodging partners are full of families trying to get away from the smoke,” he said. “In one conversation today, a lodging partner said to me that for every cancellation, they have two bookings.”

The chamber recommends those seeking to help donate to the Red Cross.

“These monies are the most effective right now,” Owen said. “Shortly as we identify specific community needs, clothing, food and shelter, I can see us helping to coordinate an effort of support.”

Clatsop County is seeing an influx of evacuees displaced by the blazes, according to the county.

The county has not set up a formal shelter for displaced persons and has only limited capacity to handle evacuees.

Options for those seeking shelter include the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, which has space for up to 50 RV campers as well as large animals.

Fort Stevens State Park in Warrenton also reports having some spaces in its campground available. The park will waive its normal one-day advance reservation requirement. Evacuees can walk in or call 503-861-3170 for more information.

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