Agency offers safety tips for driving in smoky conditions
SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – Oregon DMV call centers and most offices, including agency headquarters in Salem, will be closed again Tuesday because of hazardous indoor air quality. Some offices may reopen during the day, if air quality improves.
Due to heavy wildfire smoke affecting nearly every part of the state, air conditions are not safe for customers and employees inside most DMV buildings. Air quality outdoors and driving conditions are so hazardous that the safest option for Oregonians who are not evacuating is to stay indoors.
DMV call centers may not reopen until later this week or next week. When they reopen they may not be fully staffed. Even fully staffed, they are already very busy due to the COVID-19 backlog.
If you have an appointment this week, and your office is closed, the appointment must be rescheduled. DMV will contact you to reschedule your appointment.
We apologize for the short notice. Few staff are available to call customers to cancel appointments, so we are emailing customers whose appointments are canceled. Please check your email.
As conditions improve, DMV is reopening offices on a case-by-case basis.
DMV2U.Oregon.gov is open 24/7 for services that can be done online.
THESE OFFICES ARE CLOSED TUESDAY
Portland Metro Area
- Gladstone - 10 82nd
- SE Portland – 8710 SE Powel Blvd.
- Gresham – 1519 NE 181st Ave
- Mall 205 - 9910 SE Washington St.
- North Portland – 1186 N. Hayden Meadows Dr.
- Beaverton – 10280 SW Park Way
- Hillsboro - 1300 SW Oak St. Suite H.
- Downtown Portland
- Sherwood– 14240 SW Galbreath Dr
- Lake Oswego – 3 Monroe Parkway #D
- St Helens – 500 N. Columbia River Hwy, Suite 400
- Sandy - 37395 Highway 97
- Medford – 987 Medford Center Dr.
- Ashland – 600 Tolman Creek Rd.
- Cave Junction – 103 S Kerby Ave.
- Grants Pass – 162 NE Beacon Dr. Suite 127
Salem Metro Area
- Albany – 2242 Santiam Highway SE
- Corvallis – 870 NE Circle Blvd
- Lebanon – 2485 S 2nd St
- Dallas – 514 E Ellendale
- North Salem – 955 Lancaster Dr NE
- South Salem – 4825 Commercial St. SE, Suite 120
- McMinnville – 2260 NE McDaniel Lane
- Woodburn – 1575 Mount Hood Ave, Suite 130
- Stayton – 11656 Sublimity Rd SE, Suite 400, Sublimity
- Eugene – 2870 W 10th Place
- Oakridge – 47660 Highway 58
- La Pine – 51515 Huntington Road #2 – open on Thursdays only
- Pendleton – 1732 SW Court
- Madras – 249 SW Third St.
- John Day – 193 N Canyon Blvd.
- Milton-Freewater – 295 N Columbia
- Condon – 221 S Oregon St. – closed due to COVID-19 building closure
- Heppner – 54173 OR 74 – closed due to COVID-19 building closure
THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN TUESDAY
- Astoria – 705 W. Marine Dr.
- Baker City – 3370 10th Suite A
- Bend – 63085 N Hwy 97, Bldg L. Suite 110
- Brookings - 97900 Shopping Center Ave, Suite 1
- Burns – 252 S Date Ave
- Canyonville – 241 N Main, Canyonville, Douglas Co. – opening at noon
- Coos Bay, 1155 S Fifth St.
- Coquille, 749 Riverside Dr. Suite B
- Cottage Grove – 142 Gateway Blvd. – opening at 10 a.m.
- Enterprise – 200 W North St.
- Florence – 2056 Hwy 101 N.
- Hermiston – 810 South Hwy 395
- Hood River – 600 E Marina Way
- Junction City – 235 West 4th – opening at noon
- Klamath Falls – 1909 Austin St.
- La Grande – 3014 Island Ave
- Lakeview – 855 South “F” Street
- Ontario – 787 SW 7th Place
- Prineville – 1595 East Third St. Suite A-3 – opening at 10 a.m.
- Redmond – 3835 SW 21st Place – opening at noon
- Roseburg – 1331 NE Cedar – opening at noon
- Springfield – 204 N 30th Street – opening at noon
- The Dalles – 3313 Bret Clodfelter Way
- Tillamook – 308 Evergreen Dr.
EXPECTED TO OPEN TUESDAY DEPENDING ON CONDITIONS
Please check OregonDMV.com first if you have an appointment at one of these two offices
- Lincoln City – 4422 NE Devils Lake Blvd, Suite #1
- Newport – 158 NE 5th
A number of roads are closed throughout the state. Go to Tripcheck.com or call 5-1-1 for real time road conditions. A DMV Wildfire Resources page is available for those who have experienced loss of essential driver license, identification card, or vehicle documents.
We may see additional smoky conditions in the weeks ahead. Remember to avoid driving in these conditions if at all possible. If you must drive, be alert, don’t drive distracted and remember you play a big part to help avoiding wildfires.
If you are driving and encounter heavy smoke, here are some steps you can take to help stay safe.
- Slow down and stay alert. Slow driving gives you more time to respond to unexpected conditions.
- Turn on your headlights. Even during daylight hours your headlights will help others on the road see you. Use low-beams as high-beams reflect off the moisture in the air and cause glare.
- Use fog lights. If you have them, fog lights can help cut through the smoke.
- Check your entire route before setting out. Conditions may be very different at your destination.
- Find an alternate route. Fire is wildly unpredictable, especially in high winds. If at all possible find a route that takes you away from fires.
- Keep plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Visibility, of course, decreases in smoke so maintain a safe stopping distance between you and the vehicle up front.
- If visibility becomes too dangerous to continue, pull off to the side of the road as soon as safely possible.
- Never stop in a travel lane. Look for a safe area completely off the road if possible and turn off all lights, including flashers, until it’s safe to continue.
- Don’t tailgate. Keep a steady, reliable pace. Remember that everyone else on the road is in the same fix you’re in. They’re counting on you to help show the way.
- Roll up the windows. Set your fan to recirculate.
- Have your car ready before you go. Make sure you have a full gas tank before leaving and your vehicle is in good condition. Have water, food, and medications with you – and for any pets you bring.