Effects Of Oregon's 2020 Wildfires Still Threaten Area Residents

Dec 30, 2020

The devastating Oregon wildfires this year have been one for the record books. More than $116 million in federal disaster assistance has been allocated for relief and recovery efforts. And  residents of the McKenzie River Corridor are now wary of fire-related aftershocks.

The aftermath of the Holiday Farm Fire, Blue River, OR.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

1.2 million acres and 4,026 residences were consumed by the 2020 wildfires in Oregon. Nine people are confirmed dead and one remains missing.

Damaged cars and demolished homes from the Holiday Farm Fire, Blue River, OR.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

LeighAnn Blodgett of Marcola said she’s glad the Holiday Farm Fire was contained short of her home along the Mohawk River. However…

“The upper part of it was burned extensively," Blodgett told KLCC. 

"And they’re trying to get all the logs out of the area and stuff, but that could definitely cause landslides.”

A deadline to apply for public assistance has now been extended to January 13th.  Twenty Oregon counties are eligible for damages sustained by the September wildfires. Local and tribal governments, as well as state agencies and non-profits can apply through FEMA.

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