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Two electric co-ops serving rural parts of the Willamette Valley are on the receiving end of federal funds to help with wildfire recovery.

  

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The U.S. Basketball Academy in Blue River has become a new site for FEMA temporary housing.  Families displaced by last year’s Holiday Farm Fire are the tenants.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Oregon Governor Kate Brown came to the fire-ravaged community of Blue River today, to see rebuilding efforts.  

Oregon Office Of State Fire Marshal

A U.S. House Committee advanced a bill Wednesday designed to streamline the relief application process for victims of disasters.

  

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A delegation of Oregon lawmakers is pressing FEMA to detail its steps for improving disaster assistance after major wildfires.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Grant money is helping maintain relief and recovery efforts for the 2020 Oregon wildfires.  The United Way of Lane County is one of the latest beneficiaries.

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Last year’s wildfire victims have expanded housing assistance, following FEMA’s approval of Lane County’s request for a direct housing mission.

Willamette National Forest

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

  

Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

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

Brian Bull / KLCC

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

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.  


Brian Bull / KLCC

As homeowners across Oregon sift through the ashes and debris, their rate of recovery from this year’s wildfires will be uneven, due to several factors.

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A Federal Emergency Management Agency External Outreach Center opened on Saturday at the Lane Events Center in Eugene to assist residents affected by recent wildfires and straight-line winds.

Karen Richards

FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor toured areas affected by Oregon wildfires Saturday with members of the state's Congressional delegation. Representative Peter DeFazio chairs the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which oversees FEMA.

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The Cascadia Playbook is a state government blueprint for responding to a major earthquake that could kill up to 25,000 people in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Last February’s heavy snowstorm disrupted many communities across Lane County, including the city of Oakridge. Thousands of downed trees closed Highway 58 for almost a week.  Residents also coped with power outages and a stuck train.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The late February snowstorm that hit the region with a foot and a half of snow now has an official price tag: over $17 million in damages to Lane County.

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Utility EWEB plans to start 16 projects in April.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, four of them will put underground power lines in Eugene’s South Hills.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) a grant for recovery costs related to last winter’s major ice storm.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.  

Brian Bull / KLCC

This week,  emergency officials will come to Lane County to review damage from the mid-December ice storm.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the visit could lead to local agencies recouping some losses.

Kari Greer / U.S. Forest Service

The federal government is one step closer to changing the way it pays to fight wildfires. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley said the preliminary legislation was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday.

Wildfires are not treated the same as other natural disasters, such as floods and hurricanes. This forces the U.S. Forest Service to take money intended for fire prevention efforts, like thinning, and use it to fight fires. Under the new system, Senator Merkley explains the wildfire budget would be based on the 10-year average cost.

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Oregon is among 12 states to receive Enhanced Mitigation status from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

States with Enhanced Mitigation Plans have demonstrated to the federal government they have been proactive and comprehensive in their disaster preparedness programs. Achieving this status means more funding will be available to those states if a disaster happens. Oregon Office of Emergency Management Spokesman Cory Grogan says the success of Oregon's Mitigation Plans start with its leaders.