© 2024 KLCC

136 W 8th Ave
Eugene OR 97401

Contact Us

FCC Applications
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

With Clean Air Threatened By Wildfire Smoke, Lane County Promotes Shelters

Al Case

With air quality worsening throughout the week, Lane County officials are urging people to be aware of the health effects of breathing smoky air. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there are even “clean air spaces” being made available.

Everyone is encouraged to stay indoors, especially those with pre-existing conditions such as asthma. Strenuous outdoor activity is discouraged, and people signed up for camps and other recreational events should check to see if they’re canceled.

Credit NASA Goddard Space Flight / Flickr.com
A satellite photo shows wildfires and smoke blanketing large portions of northern California and southern Oregon.

Devon Ashbridge is the Public Information Officer for Lane County.  She says many regional cities and towns are offering places where people can go if they need a cleaner breath of air.

“So for example, libraries make a wonderful retreat," says Ashbridge.  "We have several of those throughout our community.

"We also have some community centers and churches in our smaller communities that are open regular hours and provide a place for folks to go and escape the worst of that smoky air.”

Movies and malls are other options, though those cost money. Ashbridge says it’s hoped that conditions will improve by the weekend.

The following list has been sent out by Lane County for people needing publicly-accessible shelter from smoke and haze:



  • The Downtown Library (100 West 10th Ave.)

    Eugene Public Library in the downtown area.

    M-Th: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    F-Sun: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • The Bethel Branch Library (1990 Echo Hollow Rd.) and Sheldon Branch Library (1566 Coburg Rd.)
    Tues: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    M, W, Th, F & Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sundays: Closed

Community Centers
The City operates five community centers that are air-conditioned. The hours of operation and locations of those centers are:

  • Amazon Center (2700 Hilyard St.) 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., M-F
  • Campbell Center (155 High St.) 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., M, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., T-F
  • Hilyard Center (2580 Hilyard St.) 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., M-F
  • Petersen Barn Center (870 Berntzen Rd.) 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., M-F
  • River House Center (301 N. Adams St.) Noon - 4 p.m., M-F


Springfield Public Library
Monday–Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: 225 Fifth St.
Springfield, OR 97477

Bob Keefer Center
Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Address: 250 S. 32nd St. Springfield, OR 97478

Willamalane Adult Activity Center
Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Address: 215 W. C St., Springfield, OR 97477


New Hope Baptist Church
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Address: 597 S. Front St., Creswell, OR 97426

Creswell Library
Monday & Friday, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. -7 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
Address: 64 W Oregon Ave, Creswell, OR 97426

Junction City

Junction City Public Library
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. -6 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
Address: 726 Greenwood, Junction City, OR 97448

Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove Community Center
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 700 E. Gibbs Ave, Cottage Grove, OR 97424

Cottage Grove Public Library
Mon-Tues, 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Weds-Sat, 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 700 E. Gibbs Ave, Cottage Grove, OR 97424

Copyright 2018, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
Related Content