Fire and Forestry

Fire Information Website Launched to Help Rogue Valley Residents Rebuild

October 9, 2020

A new website for official wildfire recovery information is now available at RogueValleyRebuilds.org.  Aimed at those affected by the Almeda and Obenchain fires, it brings together information from multiple organizations involved in the rebuilding effort. “Recovering from these fires is a regional challenge.  The County and affected Cities can’t do it individually, and the State and…

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Social Media as the News Source

October 2, 2020

Over the next few pages, you will see photos shared online (I got permission to re-share them here) from artists and photographers and just normal everyday people with iPhones. This account of the disaster from the beginning to weeks after, offers a raw insight into the tragedy. We are the embedded reporters of life.

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Creative Therapy

October 1, 2020

Between travels with my brushes, sharing the power of art and creative therapy in foreign lands, I jump in my VW bus and head up the West Coast visiting family and dear friends. On my drive north this time around, I receive a call. Fires are ripping through southern Oregon and Northern California. My siblings,…

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“Talent and Phoenix are gone Jim”

October 1, 2020

I live in Ashland and was working when the fires broke out, from my home office, as were all my employees at Project A, because of COVID and we are programmers and engineers, so working from home is easy. I first found out about the fire via a Facebook alert. Over the next several days,…

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Project A launches DonationConnection.org to help donation center managers get the word out on what they need daily.

October 1, 2020

After seeing posts from people that were looking to help by shopping for what was needed, and asking for lists of what to buy, and where to take it, and seeing posts by donation centers that were set up around the valley, and seeing emails from friends trying to help get the word out with…

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In the wake of a natural disaster or crisis, it’s not uncommon for someone to turn to GoFundMe. 

October 1, 2020

I sent an email to GoFundMe asking about donations after the fire and this is their reply. — Jim I’d like to start off by saying that our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the devastating wildfires in southern Oregon and across the state. When the fires first broke out, the GoFundMe Trust & Safety Team…

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Project A launches SoHelps.org after fire to fill a need for person to person support.

October 1, 2020

On September 15th, Paul Steele from Project A quietly launched a new service he calls SOHelps.org. Southern Oregon Helps is a direct person-to-person exchange website for those in the Rogue Valley, including Ashland, Talent, Phoenix and Medford Oregon during emergencies. No intermediary is involved. Create an Account, then post what you need or what you can provide for others,…

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“Mommy, are we going to die today?”

October 1, 2020

Heidi Lee Harless used to work for me many years ago. We are still friends and I’m proud of the work she does in our community. She wrote this post on FB on 9/14 and I cried when I read it. I got her permission to share it here and include some of the photos…

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Wildfires in Oregon: Businesses and Jobs in Evacuation Zones

October 1, 2020

Over the past several days, we’ve watched in collective fear and sadness as more than 1 million acres of our beautiful state have gone up in flames. While in recent history most wildfires have been isolated to wilderness areas, the 16 fires burning across Oregon as of September 11, 2020 are destroying homes and businesses…

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My Valley My Home/Mi Valle Mi Hogar

October 1, 2020

Rebuilding after the Almeda Fire Rogue Valley Homes and Shelter Relief (RVHSR) initiative Executive Summary Our goal Support the populations most devastated by the destruction of homes during the Almeda Fire, especially those for whom racial and socio-economic inequities were pre-existing – such as migrant, worker, indigenous and unhoused community members.  Specifically: Provide assistance with…

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Jackson County EOC Fire Update – Sept. 25, 2020

October 1, 2020

Resource and Recovery MARC – The MARC, the Multi-Agency Resource Center, opened on Thursday and got off to a great start.  We have served several hundred impacted citizens thus far.  This one-stop shop for resources includes FEMA representatives, Insurance Providers, Red Cross, Cities and others and is located at Central High School at 815 S. Oakdale…

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In the next 12 months, Rogue Food Unites plans to serve 1,281,000 meals to community members impacted by the fires

October 1, 2020

Southern Oregon is in the midst of a crisis bore from fire. The Almeda/Glenview Fire burned over 2,400 homes leaving more than 4000 people suddenly homeless and 42,000 displaced. Rogue Food Unites and our community of restaurants and food growers is responding. Rogue Food Unites collaborates with food businesses, farms, and local aid organizations to…

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