Posted by Karen McConnell on 16th Sep 2020
****UPDATE 11:59 AM Pacific Time 9/20/20****
We are back and in business!! Our power and internet has been restored at our facility and our evacuation level has been improved to "Alert Level 2" status. This is a dramatic improvement from "GO NOW Level 3 status."
We are grateful to say that apart from some ash dust on the exterior, our facility is undamaged. No smoke came inside and our inventory is in top shape. Starting Monday 9/21/20, all shipments will go out from our warehouse and our backlog from evacuation will be cleared.
Keep in mind, there may be delays in shipments while on route -- once in the hands of shippers. Our entire state has been, and will continue to be, affected by several wildfires all starting with the storm on Monday 9/8/20. We hope things will move along rapidly.
Approximately 1 million acres of prime Oregon forest has been destroyed as well as hundreds of homes and businesses. Many are still offline. People have lost their lives, their properties and their animals. Most of the horse barns we know of have remained safe or evacuated successfully to safety. Many animal rescue organizations helped and their efforts/love for animals is beyond words.
We are grateful to the brave firefighters and agencies who have assisted (and continue to assist) in the wildfire efforts.
Our business and property remain under guard and curfew. No one who can't prove their address is allowed in the area due to continued falling of trees damaged by the fire. The fire hazard continues, even after a couple days of heavy rain, but the air quality is much better.
Thank you to EVERYONE for remaining patient while we were shut down. You are all special people and we appreciate you greatly.
****UPDATE 6:00 PM Pacific Time 9/16/20*****
We understand from first responders, that our power may be restored earlier than expected. We are hopeful to be on our way back to our home and facility some time this weekend. YAY!!
That said, the fire danger is still very real as the fires burn on in Oregon. Our best to everyone who is experiencing evacuations and loss.
***9/16/20 10:00 am Pacific Time***
As you may have read or heard in the news, many hundreds of thousands of acres are on fire in Oregon (and all along the West Coast). Our facility, including our warehouse inventory and shipping headquarters, is located in the full evacuation area near the Holiday Farm Fire outside of Springfield, Oregon. We had to urgently evacuated shortly after the fires started and have been in a safe location as of Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. Many homes and businesses have been destroyed along the picturesque McKenzie River.
In addition to your supportive thoughts for rain and blessings for the firefighters and incident commanders who continue to work on the fire, we appreciate your requests for rain from the weather Gods. We are safe, as are our animals -- including our Saddlebreds.
As of the writing of this news (Sept 16th), our facility is standing. The fire isn't far, but favorable winds and effective fire management are holding it steady. We are hopeful for a return back in the next 1 - 2 weeks -- realistically. We are awaiting a lifting of the Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation status. With that change, the power crews can start to restore power and our internet provider can begin the restart process.
We are accepting orders on our website. Some items can be direct shipped from manufacturers, but many items are proprietary to our inventory. If you need your order shipped urgently, please go ahead and order it and put some comments at checkout about which items need special attention. We'll do anything we can to accommodate and will be in touch on it.
We have laptops and cell phones, so are doing our best while 'on location.'
The Free Shipping coupon codes are active, so be sure to use them. The shipping timeline will just be a bit delayed.
Many thanks to our customers and future customers! You make things happen.
McConnell's Show Horse Supply
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