This once in a lifetime celestial event will take place on August 21, 2017. Have you made your plans yet?
We’re on the doorstep of the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse. In fact, Condon is a mere 15 minutes from the Path of Totality, and we’re preparing to welcome visitors from around the world. For more information on events, camping options, and travel tips, please visit the Gilliam County Eclipse Page.
2017 Solar Eclipse Lodging
We have full hook-up RV camping at Burns Park and dry RV camping spots available at the adjacent Gilliam County Fairgrounds. There are also tent camping spots available at the Condon Golf Course.
Local infrastructure is somewhat limited in parts of our region. We recommend visitors fill their vehicles with fuel ahead of time and keep the tank topped off as much as possible.
Be sure to pack sufficient water and food for the day for all members of your group in case of extreme traffic congestion and/or if local businesses sell out of gas, food, beverages, and other supplies. The high temperatures in August can reach into the 100s, so plan to bring a larger supply of water than you think you will need.
Unplug during your visit. While our communities do have cell phone service, the large crowds we’re expecting will likely tax our towers. Expect coverage to be spotty in many areas throughout the weekend and during the Solar Eclipse. Look on the bright side, you won’t have any trouble disconnecting and recharging out here.
Help Us Prevent Wildfires
The 2017 Solar Eclipse takes place during the height of fire season in Eastern Oregon. Please help us prevent wildfires and protect our natural landscapes by observing the following burn ban:
A burn ban on outdoor open burning goes into effect within the boundaries of South Gilliam County as of 12:01 a.m., ____________, by order of South Gilliam County Fire Chief Jim Hinton, under the authority of ORS 478.960.
“Open Burning” includes burning garbage, debris, yard debris, construction materials, the remains of demolished structures, or fire wood in barrels, outdoor fireplaces or fire pits and backyard incinerators.
Propane fire pits, cook stoves and barbeque grills with briquettes are allowed during the burn ban.
The Burn Ban will be in effect until further notice by Gilliam County Fire Chiefs.
A solar eclipse can be safely viewed by wearing eclipse glasses that block most visible light and all harmful ultraviolet light. These glasses should be worn whenever even a part of the sun can be seen; only during totality when the moon has slid fully in front of the sun is it safe to take off one’s eclipse glasses. In fact, observing those brief seconds of totality without eclipse glasses is encouraged because it’s possible during this time to see the outer atmosphere of the sun and its streamers, loops and plumes of gas.
Remember eclipse viewing safety and come prepared. While many local businesses will carry eclipse viewing glasses and/or filters, it is possible they may sell out before the event. It is best to purchase these items ahead of time and bring them with you to ensure you have them available to use. Never look at the sun without eclipse rated eyewear.