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Emergency Management 


Wheeler County's Emergency Management Program is responsible for planning and coordination for phases of disaster management by implementing preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery plans. 

Wheeler County's Emergency Operations Plan is NIMS compliant and promulgated. 

Emergency Management is responsible for:

​Wheeler County's Emergency Operations Plan, providing a coordinated and effective response to emergencies and disasters  The EOP explains the local emergency response concept, emergency response structure and the roles and responsibilities of departments and agencies responding to emergencies and disasters. 

Implementation of Policies and Procedures

Assisting with preparation, review and enhancement of emergency preparedness programs, training exercises and resource development for cities, schools, agencies and the private sector.

Assists with major emergencies and disasters through coordination of the disaster response process, including the coordination of local, state, federal and non-governmental agency resources.

Contact Information 


Monday - Friday 

8:00 am - 12:00 pm 

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 


Emergency Management Director

Sheriff Mike Smith

701 Adams St.

PO Box 447

Fossil, OR 97830

Phone: (541) 763-4101


Emergency Management Coordinator

Mitch Elliott

701 Adams St

PO Box 447

Fossil, OR 97830

Phone: (541) 763-2371

Fax: (541) 763-0175


Emergency Management Assistant Coordinator

Carol MacInnes

701 Adams St

PO Box 447

Fossil OR 97830

Phone:   (541) 763-4101


Tri County Ambulance Association Membership Reciprocal Network Map

Click on the image above for information on the burn ban, burn permits and preparing your home for wildland fires.

Wheeler County Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Click on image to download document

As of June 1st, 2021, the burn ban for unincorporated Wheeler County is in effect. Open burning is prohibited. The ban will not be lifted until warranted by conditions.

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