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Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

Eclipse Viewing Glasses Recall: There has been a significant recall of potentially hazardous solar eclipse glasses across the county. Glasses given away by the West Linn Library are part of a recall.

Please review this message from the American Astronomical Society and National Science Foundation detailing how to tell if your eclipse glasses/solar viewers are safe.

On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will occur across the U.S. The path of totality, in which the sun will be completely blocked by the moon for a couple of minutes, passes through the southern part of the county (See Eclipse 101 and the eclipse map). NASA has general information about eclipses.

County service changes

Some county service schedules will be modified to accommodate increased traffic and activity in the county.

Please see below for general tips related to the days leading up to, the day of, and after the eclipse. If you are interested in learning about places to watch the eclipse and other tourism information, please visit Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory.

For the latest restrictions on campfires in county parks and forests, visit our parks webpage.

All general inquiries regarding the eclipse should be directed to the county’s Disaster Management Department at 503-655-8378. All media inquiries regarding the eclipse should be directed to Public Information Officer Tim Heider at or 503-742-5911.

Items to bring Travel and transportation Safety and public health Fire danger Garbage and sanitation Boating safety


Items to bring

solar glassesLooking directly at the sun can seriously damage your eyes. Staring at the sun for even a short time without wearing the right eye protection can damage your retina permanently.

There is only one safe way to look directly at the sun, whether during an eclipse or not: through special-purpose solar filters. These solar filters are used in “eclipse glasses” or in hand-held solar viewers. Keep in mind that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun. Please make sure that the special eclipse glasses you use have an ISO or CE mark on them.

Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory is giving away eclipse glasses both at their viewing events and at the Clackamas County Fair.

For information about where to get the proper eyewear or handheld viewers, check out the American Astronomical Society.

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County service changes

Because of expected increases in traffic volume, some county work schedules will be adjusted on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22.




Limited or rescheduled:

Parks and recreation

Meals on Wheels

All Clackamas County Meals on Wheels/Home Delivered Meals providers state they will provide service as usual on Monday, Aug. 21.

If you have questions, please call your local Community/Senior Center for additional information.

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Travel/transportation issues

Travel tips

Tips from the Oregon Department of Transportation: Arrive Early, Stay Put and Leave Late

The Mt. Hood National forest has closed some of its roads.

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Safety and public health tips

Cell service

Due to unexpectedly high demand, mobile device users may experience temporary outages or service deficiencies in parts of Clackamas County. If you experience an interruption in service and need to call 9-1-1 please use a land line or go to your nearest fire station or police station.

To get more information about the status of your cell service please check with your provider.

Large crowds are expected, and access to hygiene may be limited. Disease can spread more easily in these conditions. You can help protect yourself and others by practicing good hygiene:

Stay hydrated

Before you take the first bite of food bought from a food vendor:

Courtesy of Oregon Health Authority.

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Fire danger

There are currently campfire restrictions in county parks and forests.

Below are some tips from Oregon’s Office of State Fire Marshal.

Wildfire prevention

 Campfire safety

Local fire agencies

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Garbage, solid waste and sanitation

Courtesy of Lincoln County and TravelOregon.

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Boating safety during the eclipse

Read tips from the Oregon State Marine Board.

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Other resources

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