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New Fire Station Underway For Blue River Community

Brian Bull

Oregon lawmakers have allocated funds towards a new fire station in Blue River, nearly a year after the original burned down.  

The Holiday Farm Fire tore through the McKenzie River Corridor last September, destroying many buildings, including Blue River’s fire station.  Last week, Governor Kate Brown visited the area and shared an update:

“(Upper McKenzie Fire & Rescue) Chief Rainbow, a little $2.1 million to rebuild the fire station…” 

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Upper McKenzie Fire & Rescue Chief Christiana Rainbow Plews (right), with Blue River resident and store owner, Melanie Stanley (left).

Chief Christiana Rainbow Plews had an update, too.  She said a deal was closing on a new site in Blue River, on land from a former assistant fire chief.

“It’ll give us really good access to the highway was well as town of Blue River.  It’ll give us nice visibility, having a fire station centrally located in the Blue River area will promote and encourage folks to volunteer.” 

Chief Rainbow expects to have full crews and a new engine too, soon.  And while the region’s seeing prime wildfire conditions, she doesn’t expect a repeat of last fall.

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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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