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With animals and people cycling out, the Clackamas County Event Center is finding room for evacuees

As the fires approached from the east, the Clackamas County Event Center staff opened its doors in a big way.

And it was fortunate they did, as more than 1,500 animals have been housed at the fairgrounds through Monday, though about half that many remain at this point. They've come from all over the area and everything from horses, cows, chickens, goats and more have found safety in Canby.

Executive Director Laurie Bothwell said the fairgrounds opened up to horses and livestock Monday evening and the place was quickly bulging with animals.

"I would say that we always prepare for this," said Bothwell, who noted the fairgrounds have been used as an evacuation point before. "This is not our first time that we've had to evacuate animals and people here. With the volunteers who help with the county fair, some of whom are even living on site, we have a finely oiled machine. We have plans in place for what we're doing."

While the fairgrounds were filled to near-capacity midweek, Bothwell said Friday that there is now room and some people and animals have cycled out.

"We have space available for livestock and people," she said. "I do wish that we had funding for that permanent livestock area, we could do a lot more."

To find out more, call the Clackamas County Event Center at 503-266-1136.


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