Blue River

Christiana Rainbow Plews

Five months after the devastating Holiday Farm fire, the Upper McKenzie Fire District Chief announced she’ll take a leave of absence. The 30-year fire-fighting veteran will focus on her mental health.


Christiana Rainbow Plews

During last fall’s devastating wildfires, Oregon firefighters were on the front lines-- and the public was grateful. But the job takes a toll. The Institute of American Firefighters finds up to 37% of first responders meet the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. KLCC has this story of a Lane County Fire Chief who recognized her distress and had the courage to ask for help.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The last five and a half months have been a struggle for residents of the McKenzie River Corridor. After the Holiday Farm Fire ravaged the area, winter brought floods, mudslides, and collapsing trees. But this weekend, three organizations converged on the town of Blue River, to give a helping hand. 


Brian Bull / KLCC

It’s been almost five months now since the Holiday Farm Fire blazed through the McKenzie River Corridor. It destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in communities like Blue River and Vida.

KLCC talked to Lane County’s long-term recovery manager for the incident, Matt McRae, on the current state of the fire-ravaged area.


Tom Atkinson / R3digital

Community members are raising money to help rebuild the Blue River Library, which was one of hundreds of structures destroyed in the Holiday Farm Fire last September.

Tiffany Eckert

The Holiday Farm fire along the McKenzie River destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, including Oregon’s oldest rural health clinic. With many patients displaced, Orchid health staff set about creating a *mobile clinic.  They saw their first patients Monday.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Winter is coming…and for residents of the McKenzie River Corridor, that means further hardship on top of the Holiday Farm Fire that destroyed more than 400 homes in September. But helpers are preparing in advance.

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.

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.

Tom Atkinson / R3digital

The library was one of hundreds of buildings in Blue River destroyed by the Holiday Farm Fire last month. Community members are already thinking about how to rebuild it.


Melanie Stanley; Inciweb.

Many small businesses were destroyed or damaged in last month’s wildfires. KLCC spoke with one store owner in Blue River who’s hopeful her business – and community – rebound.  

Tom Atkinson

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. 

Christiana Rainbow Plews

Christiana Rainbow Plews has been making national headlines of late. She’s the Upper McKenzie District Fire Chief who lost her home and fire station in the Holiday Farm fire. 

Plews is one of fewer than 50 women in the nation to hold the title of fire chief. She’s been credited for saving lives when ordering “Get Out Now” evacuations for most of the McKenzie River Valley, when the fire blew up on Labor Day.

Andy Nelson / Register Guard/pool

The Holiday Farm Fire has consumed over 170,000 acres, and destroyed more than 500 structures.  Some residents who fled last week have recently been able to return to check on their homes.  In the cause of Tim Laue, a former Eugene City Councilor and now Blue River resident, the experience was devastating: the home he and his wife shared, along with a guest cottage, were burned to the foundations.

KLCC’s Brian Bull talked to Laue about when he and his wife evacuated late Labor Day night.

Colton Morris

Evacuation during the Holiday Farm fire on the McKenzie River has been a frightening ordeal for many residents. This is the experience of one Blue River man who lost his home but saved his family.