There is help available for Chiloquin-area residents who were impacted by the 242 Fire last year. Klamath County Public Health would like to ensure you get the help you need.

Well testing;

If you sustained losses or damage due to wildfires beginning September 7, 2020, you may be eligible for free private well testing.


Beginning in February 2021, Oregon Health Authority will provide vouchers for private or “domestic” water testing to residential fire impacted well owners. Vouchers will cover testing for arsenic, nitrate, bacteria, lead, and, depending on damage assessment results, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX).

Even if the fire did not directly damage your well, or if you have repaired damage to your well, testing is an important step in recovering your property.

More information, including the application for vouchers can be found at:

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYENVIRONMENTS/DRINKINGWATER/SOURCEWATER/DOMESTICWELLSAFETY/Pages/Wildfire-Impacted-Domestic-Well-Testing.aspx

Wildfire cleanup assistance

The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to safely address ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires. Removing fire debris is a two-step cleanup process.

  • Step 1: clearing properties of household hazardous waste to minimize exposure of hazardous materials to the public.
  • Step 2: removal of ash, debris and burned-out structures.

The website can be found here:

https://www.oregon.gov/deq/wildfires/Pages/Wildfire-Debris-Removal.aspx

Find more information about the state-led cleanup process at:

https://wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup

Information or questions

Lance Lindow, Klamath County Public Health, 541-851-3740