Holiday Farm fire

Brian Bull / KLCC

People rebuilding after the Holiday Farm Fire just got a break. The Lane County Board of Commissioners has approved a fee waiver program for land use, sanitation, and building permits.

Onward Eugene

The Blue River community will get more resilient internet access thanks to a national grant announced Tuesday. The rural area was devastated by the Holiday Farm Fire last September.


Melorie Begay/KLCC News

A group of Bushnell University students, along with Project Hope are spending part of their spring break in Eugene building sheds for survivors of last year’s wildfires.

McKenzie School District

 

The McKenzie School District welcomed Grades 1, 2 and 3 back to the classroom, this week. The district and its students have been challenged by both the pandemic and the Holiday Farm Fire.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Eugene’s Red Lion Hotel will soon house people displaced by last year’s severe wildfires.  Lane County Human Services has purchased the building through Project Turnkey, a state initiative that funds the purchase of hotels and motels for housing purposes. 

Karen Richards, via Zoom replay

After the Holiday Farm Fire, the McKenzie School District Board discouraged voters from passing a long-planned facilities bond. Now, the bond has been restructured for the May ballot.


Brian Bull / KLCC

“Making art from heartache” could be one way to describe a sculpture project that uses salvaged metal from the Holiday Farm Fire. The finished piece will honor the fortitude of McKenzie River Corridor residents.

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. 


Rachael McDonald

The need for internet access is one of the issues brought to light by the coronavirus pandemic. Efforts are underway to make internet more reliable for a rural Oregon community affected by wildfire.

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.

Rachael McDonald

Five months after the Holiday Farm Fire sparked on Labor Day, many of the residents of the upper McKenzie River valley are still without reliable internet access or phones. 

  

  

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Department of Transportation crews are removing hazardous trees from the McKenzie Highway corridor affected by the Holiday Farm Fire. 

  

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.


Andy Nelson / Register Guard/pool

The state of Oregon is offering to help people living in areas affected by last fall’s wildfires to get their wells tested.

  

Brian Bull / KLCC

McKenzie River Corridor residents displaced by last year’s Holiday Farm Fire have some new housing options available starting today.

Andy Nelson / Register Guard/ Pool

Program Date: Jan. 29, 2021

Air Date: Feb.1, 2021

From The City Club of Eugene:

Just over four months ago, the Holiday Farm Fire consumed more than 173,000 acres of the McKenzie River valley.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Nearly four months after the Holiday Farm Fire blazed through the McKenzie River Corridor, a telecommunications company says it’s restored phone, internet, and television services for customers.

David Yost / FEMA

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

Karen Richards

Oregon forests appear devastated by Labor Day wildfires, but scientists have reassuring news. Fire, even at last summer’s historic scale, can be rejuvenating. What’s more, experts say they can help land managers find a better balance between environmental and human needs.

    

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.

Andy Nelson / Register-Guard / pool

Some Oregonians affected by the September wildfires are still without reliable phone service.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The damage left by Oregon’s 2020 wildfires will pose risks and challenges for years, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Francis Eatherington / Cascadia Wildlands

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


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.

Top two photos: Melorie Begay | Bottom three: Zoom

 

This year has been unlike any other year in recent history. Full of challenges, grief and hard truths. As we head into 2021, KLCC’s Melorie Begay checked in with a few people around Eugene and asked them about their year.


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.

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.

McKenzie Community Development Corporation

Whether staying at local hotels or camping on their property, many people affected by the Holiday Farm Fire are still living in temporary situations.


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