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Holiday Farm Fire's Impact Will Be Long Term Officials Say

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The Holiday Farm Fire has grown to more than 161,826 acres and 5% contained. At  a virtual community meeting Saturday, the message was that the recovery from this disaster will be long and painful.

Fire crews are now searching for human remains and assessing building damage. A special team from Washington State is helping with the efforts. Heather Buch, Lane County Commissioner, said the impact of the fire will be devastating.

“For the McKenzie and Blue River community that is displaced from this horrific fire, I want you to know that all of Lane County is grieving with you. We are all here to support you and we will be here for as long as it takes.”

Buch thanked the firefighters and first responders and asked the community to do what they can to support those who’ve lost their homes. Others spoke of how the stunning McKenzie River highway will never be the same after this fire.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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