Lane County Explores Venues For Housing Wildfire Evacuees

Nov 17, 2020

A Eugene hotel -among other sites - could become a shelter for people displaced by the Holiday Farm Fire. 

The sun shines through the trees overlooking Blue River, which was largely destroyed by the Holiday Farm Fire this September.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

Lane County officials could purchase the 55-room Red Lion Hotel on East Broadway for $5.5 million, through the state’s Project Turnkey initiative. Its goal is to house communities affected by wildfires and the pandemic.

Earlier this month, Oregon's Legislative Emergency Board approved $35 million toward the project. That’s in addition to $30 million approved last month.

A Lane County spokesperson says they’ve received the request for application, and officials will keep looking at other funding sources and properties. They declined to comment on any one specific property.

The Holiday Farm Fire consumed more than 173,000 acres, and razed over 400 homes. 

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