2020 wildfires

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The holiday Farm Fire that started Labor Day evening spread quickly, traveling 14 miles overnight and destroying most of the buildings in the community of Blue River. Now a Eugene-based ecology group has analyzed just how the fire spread.


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The state is urging Oregonians who are rebuilding after this month’s wildfires to make sure any contractors they hire are properly licensed.

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Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)--  who have also lost food because of the wildfires—may be eligible for replacement benefits.

Organic Redneck Growers

Organic Redneck Growers is known for blueberries, its presence at farmer’s markets and its farm stand. The farm, located up the McKenzie Highway, was spared direct damage from the Holiday Farm fire, but it forced them to rethink, for the second time this year, how to run the business. 

 

Organic Redneck Growers

Organic Redneck Growers runs a fruit and vegetable farm less than a mile downriver from the Leaburg Dam. While the fields and structures were spared the brunt of the Holiday Farm Fire, manager Adam Lee said many of their CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, members were not so lucky. “About 40 people were evacuees in one form or another," he said, "and then there’s probably about 20 to 30 people that have lost homes.”

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Fire crews across Oregon are increasingly gaining ground on some of the larger wildfires.

Photos provided by Solomon Singer. / Lane Community College

A firefighter and Lane Community College instructor has been helping out with the Holiday Farm Fire.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Solomon Singer’s drone has made a difference.

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Across Oregon, crews are mopping up on many major wildfires.  However, a warm spell next week could pose challenges.

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Returning residents of the McKenzie River Corridor are being urged not to clean up damaged or destroyed homesteads following the Holiday Farm Fire. 

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Evacuation orders remain in place for several communities throughout the region as wildfires continue to burn, many of them without any containment. Officials have warned residents that areas under Level 3 Evacuated areas, including the roads within those areas, are closed to the public. The closures are necessary to protect the safety of everyone. 

Wildfire Evacuation Resources List  

As wildfire evacuation notices continue to update, here is a list of websites for up to date information in different counties.

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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.

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People who are displaced by wildfires in Oregon can still receive and cast their ballot during this fall’s elections.

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While crews continue to fight the Holiday Farm Fire and others around the state, evacuation notices for the region are being downgraded.  Officials are warning evacuees to be careful coming home. 

Marcus Kauffman / Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Heavy gusts and rain hit the region yesterday, which included the Holiday Farm Fire site. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on how the weather affected operations.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown described her own status after dealing with Oregon’s historic wildfires Wednesday in a way that many people directly impacted probably relate to.

“At times, it’s felt overwhelming to have this crisis hit our state,” Brown said during a media briefing. “The loss of lives, the loss of our own homes or those of our fellow Oregonians, the loss of our forests and iconic landscapes.”

Brown recently completed a trip to Southern Oregon, where she visited the cities that were badly burned as the Almeda fire swept through the area on Sept. 8.

Rachael McDonald

Survivors of the Holiday Farm fire will have another opportunity to connect with an array of support services- all under one roof. The next Multi-Agency Resource Center or MARC will open at the Fairgrounds in Eugene on Friday, September 25th, 2020.

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More than 4,000 people have applied for federal disaster aid following the series of wildfires in Oregon.

Screenshot of press briefing from 09-17-2020

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The Holiday Farm Fire is now 27% contained. Fire crews are hopeful that rains that’ll come in tonight – and last through Saturday – will help them further control it. But high sustained winds today may complicate things.

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Many people evacuated from areas near the massive Holiday Farm Fire are returning home.  But locals from one of the most ravaged communities are facing severe hardships. 

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Fire managers say drenching rain from an incoming weather system could aid in their efforts to contain the Beachie Creek Fire in eastern Marion County.

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As thousands of Oregon homeowners and renters pick up the pieces after losing their home to wildfires this month, people with standard insurance policies should be covered for their losses.

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The Springfield City Council unanimously voted Monday night to extend the state of emergency issued in response to the Holiday Farm Fire. The declaration is necessary for the city’s continuing response and reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Eugene-area wine lovers worried about smoke tainting their local vineyards can rest easy. Experts say recent wildfires aren’t likely to affect the grapes.

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Property owners now have access to the initial structural damage assessments for structures within the Holiday Farm Fire perimeter.

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Mop-up operations on the Holiday Farm Fire are incorporating roughly a thousand firefighters from 18 states and Canada. It’s all part of a coordinated push to contain the fire as the weather stays cool and rainy.

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Firefighters continue to battle the Holiday Farm Fire.  Since starting Labor Day evening, the fire has caused one fatality and destroyed nearly 800 buildings along the McKenzie River Corridor.  

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More than two weeks after the Holiday Farm Fire erupted across the McKenzie Highway Corridor, fire crews are steadily gaining on the blaze.

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The Portland-based Home Share Oregon, a non-profit, is working on rehousing wildfire evacuees in Lane County. The program matches homeowners with spare rooms with renters. 

 

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Lincoln County is urging people whose homes were damaged by wildfire this month to fill out a damage assessment form online.

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