New Fire Station Underway For Blue River Community

Aug 6, 2021

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

Scorched hillside in Blue River, Oregon.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

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…” 

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

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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