Holiday Farm fire

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It’s wildfire season across Oregon, and many locals fear not just for their own safety, but that of their pets. KLCC’s Brian Bull shares some tips. 

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Nearly two dozen sheds have been built and given to Holiday Farm Fire survivors.  Students from Lane County high schools and Lane Community College built the sheds to give affected families a place to store tools and other items as they rebuild.

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The Lane County History Museum opened its doors Wednesday with a new exhibit featuring a mid-century boat and the McKenzie River.

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After last year's Holiday Farm Fire, Greenhill Humane Society has some tips about how to prepare for a quick exit with your pets. According to Megan Brezovar, Community Engagement and Humane Education Manager, the most important thing in an emergency is to get yourself to safety - and bring your pets if you can.

 

  

  

Jennifer Richardson

McKenzie High School’s class of 2021 graduated Saturday in a ceremony at the school gym in Blue River. Many students had lost homes to the Holiday Farm Fire in September.

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Several dozen families displaced by last year’s Holiday Farm Fire were relocated again last month, to make room for athletes competing in the Olympic Trials in Eugene.

Rachael McDonald

The Bureau of Land Management plans to go ahead with salvage logging of 910 acres in areas burned by the Holiday Farm Fire last September.

Rachael McDonald

The Bureau of Land Management has wrapped up their comment period on a proposal to log 910 acres affected by the Holiday Farm Fire last year. The agency expects to put out a decision by the end of this month.

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Last year’s wildfires destroyed thousands of acres of public land in Oregon and much of that remains closed to public access. 


Karen Richards

A bond that would have helped rebuild the McKenzie School District’s 70-year-old elementary school failed to pass in Tuesday’s special election.


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After last year's Labor Day fires, many Oregonians are dreading wildfire season.  But there are resources to help people prepare.


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If you’re in a recently burned area and encounter a smoldering stump, call 911.  

Photo provided by Jennifer O'Leary / Bureau of Land Management

A multimillion dollar effort is underway across the McKenzie River Corridor, to replace burnt acreage from last September’s Holiday Farm Fire. 

Brian Bull

The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments on plans to log about 910 acres in areas burned by the Holiday Farm Fire last September. 

  

  

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Up to 50 acres around the McKenzie Bridge area will burn this week, but forest officials say it’s both intentional and beneficial. 

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With torches, grinders, and a gift for bringing new dimensions to old metal, sculptor Jud Turner is crafting a monument to  survivors of the Holiday Farm Fire.  It burned 173,000 acres in the McKenzie River Corridor last September, leveling towns like Blue River. KLCC’s Brian Bull produced this audio self-narrative, where Turner describes his project. 


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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.


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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.

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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.


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“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.

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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.

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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. 

  

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