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The Westside Commons in Hillsboro is providing shelter for animals evacuated from nearby wildfires.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Rob Staub's chickens were crated up as the family evacuated their Scholls-area home due to the Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire. The Staubs went to Mountainside High School, a designated site for evacuees. Animals can also be taken to the Westside Commons, normally home to the Washington County Fair, in Hillsboro.The Westside Commons in Hillsboro — formerly known as the Washington County Fair Complex — is now accepting animals from those forced to evacuate from nearby wildfires.

In a press release on Wednesday, Sept. 9, Washington County officials announced that the fairgrounds would be providing shelter for animals evacuated from the Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire outside Newberg and the Powerline Fire near Gaston.

The Washington County Sheriff's Posse has offered to care for the animals overnight if the owners of the animals cannot stay on site due to trying to save their homes, but the owners still must come by daily to provide care, said the announcement.

RV spots and camp sites are available for owners of the animals to stay on site and for other fire evacuees as well.

"Fairgrounds facilities have a long history of providing aid when there is an emergency need, and we want to do all that we can to help those forced to evacuate as a result of these wildfires," said Westside Commons Venue manager Leah Perkins-Hagele. "We also want to thank our Washington County Sheriff's Posse for offering to provide overnight care for animals if the owners cannot stay on site. That is a tremendous help for us and the owners of the animals."

Perkins-Hagele added that the care of the animals is being handled and is adequately staffed. So, there is currently no need for volunteers at this point.

For information about bringing your animal to Westside Commons, call 503-314-3433 so preparations can be made for your arrival.

Westside Commons is located just off Cornell Road, across from the Hillsboro Airport, at 801 N.E. 34th Ave. in Hillsboro.

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