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Chain Of Relief Centers Being Made Across McKenzie River Corridor For Fire Victims

Brandi Crawford Ferguson
McKenzie Community Development Corporation

A series of relief centers are being installed along the McKenzie River Corridor, to help those affected by the Holiday Farm Fire.  Now organizers are trying to get ahead of winter. 

Each relief center will have food and water, and other necessities including goods donated as evacuees fled their homes in early September.

Brandi Crawford Ferguson is Associate Director of Philanthropy for the McKenzie River Trust, and a volunteer with the McKenzie Community Development Corporation. The CDC has established one center already in Blue River’s McKenzie’s School, and is opening another one at the historic fish hatchery overlooking Leaburg Lake on Monday, called the Discovery Relief Center.  She said there’s more being planned.

“At this point at least four, but there’s definitely conversations about increasing that as well. Essentially trying to have something available maybe every 10-15 miles up and down the corridor just as we prepare for the rains and the winter to come.”

Wildfire damage is expected to cause erosion, mudslides, falling trees and boulders this winter…all which can disrupt traffic flow.

More information on the Discovery Relief Center: 

  • Discovery Relief Center - OPENING MONDAY, OCTOBER 5th 
  • Located at the historic fish hatchery between Leaburg and Vida overlooking Leaburg Lake
  • Address - 446343 Hwy 126, Vida, OR 97489
  • Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday- Saturday 

McKenzie Community Development Corporation - https://mckenziecommunity.org/ - for anyone interested in volunteering. 

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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