Oregon Smoke Information

Map Notes:

The map above is not able to show all state air quality monitors. To see the whole set, go to the left column, under Hot Links
and click on DEQ Air Quality map which will bring up a map with many additional state monitors. Round icons represent permanent state air quality monitors, triangular icons represent temporary smoke monitors (when deployed).

Friday, September 1, 2017

Deschutes County Cooling Centers Announced

With temperatures expected to rise over the weekend, Deschutes County Health Services has identified cleaner air cooling centers where residents can avoid the heat and relax. General recommendations include retailers, particularly those with indoor seating, indoor dining establishments, movie theaters, grocery stores, bowling alleys, and air conditioned spaces. Free, public spaces include:
  • Bend Church of the Nazarene, 1270 NE 27th Street, Bend, OR. Hours: Monday through Friday (9 am – 4 pm). Closed Labor Day.
  • Deschutes County Fairgrounds – North Sister Building, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, OR.  Hours: 9/2, 9/3, 9/5, 9/6, 9/7 (8 am – 4 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • Downtown Bend Library, 601 N.W. Wall Street, Bend, OR. Hours: Monday through Wednesday (10 am – 8 pm); Thursday through Friday (10 am – 6 pm); Saturday through Sunday (Noon – 5 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Road, Bend, OR. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (10 am – 6pm); Thursday (9 am – 8 pm); Saturday (9 am – 5 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • Eastmont Church – Downstairs Library, 62425 Eagle Road, Bend, OR. Hours: Monday through Friday (9 am – 5 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • Father’s House Church, 61690 Pettigrew Road, Bend, OR. Hours: Monday through Friday (9 am – 2 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • La Pine Library, 16425 1st Street, La Pine, OR. Hours: Tuesday through Friday (10 am – 6pm); Saturday (10 am – 5 pm).
  • La Pine Senior Center, 16450 Victory Way, La Pine, OR. Hours: Monday through Friday (9 am – 4 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • Redmond Library, 827 Deschutes Ave, Redmond, OR. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (10 am – 6 pm); Tuesday (10 am – 8 pm); Saturday (10 am – 5 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • Sisters Library, 110 N. Cedar Street, Sisters, OR. Hours: Tuesday through Friday (10 am – 6pm); Saturday (10 am – 5 pm).
  • Sunriver Library, 56855 Venture Lane, Sunriver, OR. Hours: Tuesday through Friday (10 am – 6pm); Saturday (10 am – 5 pm).
To have your public location added to this list, please email morgan.feld@deschutes.org. Please note, pets cannot be accommodated at these locations unless otherwise noted.


  1. There are problems with this that need to be addressed. First off, the only location downtown within walking distance for people without vehicles is the library--which is closed on Sundays and holidays, and closes at the time of highest temperatures on five of the six days when it is available. The Expo Center is too far to walk to safely, and the whole point in heat and smoke emergencies is for people to not be exerting themselves outdoors. There is no public transportation available on weekends or holidays, and rides have to be scheduled 24 hours ahead otherwise. Emergencies do not lend themselves to scheduling rides 24 hours in advance and persons on low incomes may not be able to pay for round-trip taxi fare to get to the Expo Center. Oh, and the taxi services want advance scheduling too. Uber does not cover Redmond, and even if it did, not everyone (shock!) has a cell phone and can utilize those services--especially older people, who also may not own or cannot afford to run air conditioners, and are at greatest risk during heat and smoke emergencies. Could some of the space at that refurbished Evergreen School be made available 24/7 for emergencies?

  2. Frankie, Thanks for your comments. I hope you're hanging in there today. I'll make sure to get your feedback to Deschutes County officials.

    1. Thank you for your attention to this. If I had not found this blog site I would have no idea that there are any plans out there for these emergency situations--and I've lived in Redmond for 17 years.

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