2020 wildfires

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A Eugene conservation group is concerned about Bureau of Land Management plans to log in areas burned in the September wildfires.

Willamette National Forest

Some Oregon wildfire victims will move into temporary housing units supplied by FEMA.


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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.

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2020 is almost over.  And many say: good riddance. The COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires, riots, politics, and recession have all left their mark on Oregonians’ psyche…though there was a bright spot or two.

Brian Bull / KLCC

This year’s wildfires have left a lingering hazard: burn scars and compromised soil. This means potential flooding and landslides throughout the winter.

Oregon Water Utility Council

This fall’s wildfires in Oregon have caused ongoing challenges for municipal water systems.

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Researchers at the University of Oregon are helping to make sure cultural resources in the path of this September’s wildfires aren’t further damaged in the clean-up efforts.

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More than two dozen insurance companies have agreed to give homeowners more time to rebuild after this September’s Oregon wildfires.


The Eugene Emeralds baseball team has received  an award in recognition of their community involvement.

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Oregon wildfire victims can access free legal aid, as they attempt to recover and rebuild from the most destructive season in state history.


Amid the global generosity movement of Giving Tuesday, people far and wide are donating to community organizations. This year, two Oregon school districts are receiving support after being impacted by wildfires in Sept.

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People in eight Oregon counties affected by this year’s wildfires can have debris and ash removed for free.


Program Date: November 13, 2020

Air Date: November 16, 2020

From The City Club of Eugene:

On the night of September 7, the Holiday Farm Fire ignited near milepost 47 on Oregon 126, along the banks of the McKenzie River.

Lincoln County

Officials in Oregon are warning victims of this year’s wildfires to be wary of potential scammers.

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With the pandemic and natural disasters taking an economic toll, it’d be an understatement to say 2020 wasn’t a boom time for most business owners.  As the holiday retail season gets underway, hopes still run high in Lane County for the rest of the year.


The first significant rain of the season in our region has officials concerned about potential landslides in areas recently burned by wildfire.

Tiffany Eckert

The Holiday Farm fire destroyed nearly every structure in the remote town of Blue River and cut McKenzie Valley residents off from key services: the post office, the library, the general market. Especially critical was the loss of the medical clinic. But as the community is learning, it’s not so much the buildings that make the difference --it’s the people.

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Following the devastating Holiday Farm Fire that burned 173,000 acres across the McKenzie River Corridor last month, utility crews are working to safeguard the local water supply.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Clean-up crews with the EPA continue to remove hazardous waste from wildfire-stricken areas. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports from Blue River, which was devastated by the Holiday Farm Fire in September.


Wednesday, October 28, is the last day for residents of the eight Oregon counties affected by recent wildfires to apply for Disaster SNAP benefits.  

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The McKenzie School Board is asking people to vote no on a bond measure to improve district facilities.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

The recent wildfires in Oregon could have tax implications for people who lost their homes.


Elia Newton Pendergrass pled guilty Wednesday morning in Lane County Circuit Court to arson in the first degree for setting a complex of fires near Mapleton in August. 

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While the destructive wildfires burned forests and towns this year, they will likely benefit fish, namely salmon.

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Oregonians affected by recent wildfires may be eligible to receive one month of aid through the Disaster Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (DSNAP).

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Eugene Water & Electric Board is working to keep wildfire debris out of the McKenzie River before the rainy season begins. The utility is offering help to landowners affected by the Holiday Farm Fire.


An app developed in part by students at Oregon State University helped inform the public about road closures during September’s wildfires.

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Oregonians who lost their homes due to wildfires last month have until this Friday, Oct. 16, to sign up for free removal of household hazardous materials.

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Lane County is opening its Recovery Assistance Services, or RAS, at the old McKenzie Fish Hatchery at 44643 Highway 126 this Friday.

Oregon Department of Transportation

Property owners across Oregon are grappling with how to rebuild after this summer’s devastating wildfires. They may be able to get help from FEMA and the EPA.