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Aid Continues To Stream In For McKenzie River Corridor Wildfire Survivors

Brian Bull

Grant money is helping maintain relief and recovery efforts for the 2020 Oregon wildfires.  The United Way of Lane County is one of the latest beneficiaries.

Last year’s wildfires are considered the worst in state history. In Lane County, the McKenzie River Corridor saw hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed, as the Holiday Farm Fire scorched 173,000 acres.

Jared Pruch of United Way says five months later, attention has waned but financial support is still coming in.  The AARP Foundation provided his organization with a $50,000 grant.

“We know it’s going to take years for a lot of these families and individuals to get back to where they were prior to the fire. We know there’s just tremendous need connected to the recovery: the community centers, the food pantries, the health clinic.”

The news comes as survivors are dealing with heavy winter rains, and word that FEMA has denied many requests for wildfire disaster assistance in Oregon.

Copyright 2021, KLCC.

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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