Holiday Farm fire

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

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

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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The head of a Eugene relief group says COVID-19 has canceled some fundraising events and disrupted others.  But their efforts are not wavering.


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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.

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The outpouring of support for Oregon wildfire victims was strong following September’s destruction. But  some fear awareness is waning, just as winter nears. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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More sheriff’s deputies will be on patrol in rural Lane County. This week, the Board of Commissioners approved a proposal to use Secure Rural Schools funds for additional patrols. 

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

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Few people were ready for what 2020 had in store. A pandemic, protests, economic distress and in much of Oregon, wildfires. Such crises can take a toll on our mental health.


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The Holiday Farm Fire thrashed telecommunications all across the McKenzie River Corridor, robbing residents of wi-fi and cell phone service. But a special effort has temporarily restored those essential needs.

Ken Engelman, McKenzie River Reflections

The founder and editor of the weekly newspaper McKenzie River Reflections has died. KLCC has this remembrance.

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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.

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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.  

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Wildfire victims can consult with an attorney about their insurance claims at a series of free legal clinics on Saturday.

Tom Atkinson

Three relief centers are now up and running along the McKenzie River Corridor. They’re to help people affected by the Holiday Farm Fire for at least several months.

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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.


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.


Fire managers working with the Holiday Farm Fire east of Springfield are asking for cooperation from the public in observing the various area and road closures for the fire area.

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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As fire crews continue to work on containing wildfires in the region, many residents are still dealing with the effects of the smoke. Here are some things to consider for your HVAC and car filtration systems.