Rachael McDonald

News Director

Rachael McDonald is News Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.
Rachael was named KLCC News Director in June, 2018.  From July, 2018 through January, 2019 Rachael served as KLCC's interim Program Director . Rachael has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oregon.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will offer pilot car guided caravans starting Friday for residents affected by the Holiday Farm Fire to access their properties.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A spike in cases of COVID-19 in Lane County has public health officials reminding people of the basics. 72 new cases were announced after the weekend, bringing the total of positive cases countywide to 1,009.

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Authorities have identified a deceased male found in the Holiday Farm Fire. He’s been identified as 59-year-old David Perry of Vida.

Holiday Farm Fire

Highway 126 will remain closed to regular traffic for some time in the area of the Holiday Farm Fire. The 23-mile stretch between Leaburg Dam and milepost 46, east of McKenzie Bridge, is still very dangerous according to Jim Gamble with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Brian Bull

The Lane County Sheriff was able to reduce more evacuation levels on the Holiday Farm Fire Saturday.

Andy Nelson / Register-Guard/ Pool

Oregon 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio said Thursday the devastation wrought by the Holiday Farm Fire is unbelievable. He toured the fire’s wake with a regional administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

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Lane County has seen a spike in new cases of COVID-19. There are 23 new cases of the virus as of Thursday. Lane County Public Health Spokesperson Jason Davis said many of the new cases come from small gatherings, often with family, when people let their guard down.

Andy Nelson / Register Guard/ Pool

Update: There are three people still unaccounted for in the area of the Holiday Farm Fire that sparked on Labor Day in the McKenzie River Valley. That’s down from 236, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Federal teams are helping in the search.

Holiday Farm Fire

It’s been more than a week now since the Holiday Farm Fire sparked along Highway 126. It’s grown to more than 166,573 acres and is 6% contained.


The Echo Mountain Complex of fires near Lincoln City is at 25% containment and remains at 2,435 acres in size. 

Andy Nelson / Register-Guard/ pool

Some evacuees from the Holiday Farm Fire are getting news on their homes’ survival. 

Holiday Farm Fire facebook

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.


Air quality in Eugene and Springfield has been at the worst levels it’s ever been this week due to nearby wildfires. That’s according to Lane Regional Air Protection Agency or LRAPA.


Cooler weather helped firefighters on the Echo Mountain Complex of fires near Lincoln City. The fire was at about 2,435 acres Saturday evening and 15% contained.  

Andy Nelson / Register-Guard /pool

The Lane County Sheriff reduced some evacuation levels in the Mohawk Valley Saturday on the Holiday Farm Fire east of Springfield.  

State of Oregon

Oregon's state fire marshal has been placed on leave as firefighters are battling deadly blazes in the state.

Andy Nelson / Register-Guard / pool

The Holiday Farm fire was 156,708 acres in size as of Friday. It’s still 0% contained. There is a virtual community meeting tonight (Saturday) at 7 on the Holiday Farm Fire Facebook page. 


The North Umpqua Highway, 138, is expected to remain closed between Glide and highway 97 for at least a week due to hazardous conditions due to local wildfires.  

Andy Nelson / Register-Guard/ Pool

Andy Nelson, photographer with the Register-Guard, went on a media tour of the fire area up the McKenzie Highway. He spoke with KLCC’s Rachael McDonald about what he saw on the tour.

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The Incident Commander of the Holiday Farm Fire in the McKenzie River Watershed said the community should brace for a significant loss of homes.

Holiday Farm Fire on Facebook

The Holiday Farm Fire has grown to nearly 145,000 acres and is 0% contained as it burns along Highway 126 and the McKenzie River east of Springfield.


Due to fires in the area causing evacuations and a reduction in air quality, the Springfield School District has decided to delay the start of the year to September 21st for all its students.

Holiday Farm Fire on Facebook

One of the big challenges with the Holiday Farm Fire in the McKenzie River area is that the smoke is so thick it’s hard for fire crews to get a handle on where it’s burning. U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio said he’s asked the Defense Department to provide satellite imagery of the fire. 

Holiday Farm Fire on Facebook

The Holiday Farm Fire in the McKenzie River area has grown to 105,000 acres since sparking Monday night along Highway 126. 

Holiday Farm Fire

Hundreds of residents have been evacuated due to the Holiday Farm Fire burning east of Springfield in the McKenzie River watershed.

Cookie Swetland

A fire sparked Monday night along the McKenzie River Highway has grown substantially. The Lane County Sheriff has issued level 3 –go- evacuations from Walterville all the way to McKenzie Bridge.


Smoke from fires across the region are affecting air quality in the area.

Lane Electric website

More than 130 thousand people are without power across Oregon today due to high winds, fire, and downed lines.

Sweet Creek Milepost 2 Fire on Facebook

Evacuation levels were lowered Friday for residents affected by the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 fire near Mapleton.

Sweet Creek MP2 Fire on Facebook

Officials seem confident they’ve got a handle on the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 fire near Mapleton. As of this Thursday evening it was at 382 acres and 45% contained.