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Cooling Center Locations:

Below is a list CRESA has compiled of locations individuals can visit to help stay cool.  We will be updating this list as locations and times change so check back.

For information regarding staying cool, please visit our Excessive Heat Tips webpage.



In Battle Ground:


  • Stay Cool at the Battle Ground Community Center, Battle Ground Parks & Recreation will be opening the Battle Ground Community Center extended hours to offer a respite from the heat.   The center, located at 912 East Main Street, will be open from 8am to 9pm each day from Tuesday, August 1 through Friday, August 4th and 3-9pm Saturday Aug 5th
    • Patrons are encouraged to bring books, board games, puzzles, electronic devices and even a picnic meal as they enjoy the air conditioning.
    • Public wifi is available for those who desire to play or work on remote devices.
    • For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 360-342-5380
  • Battle Ground Baptist Church   Aug 1st – Aug 3rd 12 pm – 6 pm


In Camas:

  • Camas Library  625 NE 4th Ave  (Drinking fountains available also) 10 am-8pm Monday – Wednesday


In Vancouver:

  • Marshall Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd Monday-Thursday 5:30am to   9pm; Friday 5:30am to 8 pm; Saturday 7am to 7pm; closed Sunday
  • Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; Monday-Thursday, 5:30am to 9pm;  Friday 5:30am to 8pm; Saturday 8am to 7pm; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
  • Fort Vancouver Regional Library Locations  (Cascade Park and Downtown Vancouver; Evergreen and C Street.)  9 am – 8 pm Mon-Thur, 9 am 6pm Fri.
  • Vancouver Public Works’ Water Resources Education Center, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned option for exploring our natural resources, from the aquaria to hands-on exhibits to toddler-size learning at Puddles Place.  Regular Water Center hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5pm on Saturday. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • And Vancouver Parks and Recreation has a fantastic interactive map for locating parks with potable water access.  Please **NOTE**  Due to the excessive heat, certain activities have been canceled or rescheduled… See Here
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church 12513 SE Mill Plain Blvd   8/2-8/3 open 12 pm – 8 pm.  Please bring a book or whatever you like to do while you keep cool.  Water and light snacks will be provided.  Service animals welcome.
  • St Joseph Catholic Church, 6600 Highland Drive Marion Hall (Large Building next to the church and behind the parish office  12 pm-8 pm
  • C-Tran reminds individuals you can ride all day in air conditioned buses with the purchase of the daily fare.  Buses will continue running at transit centers.

In Washougal: 

  • Cooling stations are now available at Washougal municipal complex at 1701 C Street during business hours to provide relief from the expected high temperatures.
  • City Hall:  1701 C Street  M – F 8-5 pm
  • Washougal Library:  Normal Hours
  • Washougal Community Center: Tues- Fri  5-9 pm
  • The city of Washougal is providing Cooling Station starter kits as the faith based community are assisting in the relief efforts.  The kits contain large laminated signs and waters to every church wanting to assist.  For more information visit
  • Bethel Community Church 1438 B Street Tues-Fri 9 AM 2 PM
  • Columbia Ridge Assisted Living:  2300 W 9th St Washougal   Open until 8:30 pm

 Additional Locations to Stay Cool:

Lobby of Firstenburg Tower at PeaceHealth

Day                        Date                      Time Open                         Time Closed

Week  of               8/1-8/4                     11:00 A.M.                         7:00 P.M.


Important Additional Items:

  • Pets are not allowed in the Hospital to include the lobby/common areas unless they are an ADA Service Animal
  • PeaceHealth is supplying water.
  • There are drinking fountains available
  • PeaceHealth will be supplying a safe and COOL environment for the community to rest.
  • For any Security concerns please call 360-514-2000

211 Info has also activated their list of cooling centers in their database.  Check out .

Clark County Fire District 6 reminds folks they are always welcome to drop into any station if they do not feel well or are  suffering from heat exhaustion.

How Are We Doing?

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) will arrive next week to review Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency’s (CRESA’s) policy and procedures, management and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling 360-992-6274 on Tuesday July, 18, 2017 between the hours of 1:30pm and 3:00pm.  Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.

If you wish to submit written comment about CRESA’s ability to comply with the standards of accreditation, please send them to :  Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite #320, Gainsville, Virginia 20155.


More about this assessment can be found in our full release.  CALEA Onsite Visit.

Fireworks.. Being a Good Neighbor

The Fourth of July is a big deal here in Clark County and many love to celebrate Independence Day with lavish fireworks displays. Unfortunately,  the careless and perhaps unwelcome use of fireworks can lead to problems.  Quite often people will call 911 for help in resolving these problems.

Here are frequently asked questions about fireworks we get at our 911 center and some guidelines for when its best to call 911:

When are they legal??

  • July 3rd: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. North of 219th St in Unincorporated Clark County, Amboy, Battle Ground,  Ridgefield, and Yacolt.  (10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in La Center)
  • July 4th: 9 a.m. until midnight everywhere except Vancouver and La Center. In La Center, it’s 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 5th: they are legal in Battle Ground from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.,  Ridgefield from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Yacolt 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fireworks are Illegal at all times within the City of Vancouver City Limits.

What about the big noisy ones?  Aren’t they illegal?

Nope. Even the fireworks that rattle your windows and set off your car alarm are legal.


What about the ones that shoot clear up into the sky? They must be illegal.

Nope – most of those are legal too

Here is a guide for identifying illegal fireworks and explosives.

Here’s a legal overview of state fireworks regulations..


What if someone is shooting fireworks “dangerously”?

It depends on what you mean by dangerously.  Is life or property at risk?  If yes, call 911.


My pets and livestock are being traumatized by the noise!

Fireworks can be traumatic for animals.  If your pet has issues with loud noises please contact your vet for solutions to keep them calm.

Here’s a good article about helping your pet cope with fireworks.

So when can I call 911?
  • If fireworks are still going off after midnight (11 p.m. in La Center)
  • If there is a fire
  • If there is an injury
  • If someone is recklessly using fireworks and putting lives in danger
  • If people are being reckless and putting others in danger

Do Not Call 911 –

  • Because your neighbors are setting off fireworks
  • Because it is 10:30 PM and you need to get up early tomorrow
  • The noise is upsetting your animals
  • If someone is using fireworks illegally within the City of Vancouver limits please call 311 or 360-693-3111 where you will be asked to provide in progress reporting, location information.

** The same dispatchers that answer 911 answer 311… Please help keep these lines open for immediate emergencies.

As a reminder, fireworks at the Fort of Vancouver are FREE this year. 

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