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Aug 10, 2021

A program featured on KMUZ community radio in Salem Oregon’s show Willamette Wakeup on 10-29-2020 that provides an update on the Beachie Creek Fire and recovery that occurred in August & September of 2020. Melanie Zermer talks with Brian Nicholas Marion County’s Public Works Director. A little over 1000 properties were affected. He describes all of the support services, recovery, cleanup, and rebuilding resources that are available. Recorded 2020-10-29   Duration  31:58


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Additional information about the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund which raised over three million dollars in less than six months is available on a Nonprofit Association of Oregon’s podcast from 03-18-2021. Rebuilding Oregon’s Santiam Canyon Community – featuring Deana Freres. In the fall of 2020, Oregon was faced with deadly wildfires that spanned across several parts of the state, one of which grew from 500 acres to 130,000 acres overnight! With the help of a longtime friend and the extraordinary community of Santiam Canyon, Deana Freres was able to establish the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund which helps fill the needs of those affected by the Lionshead and Beachie Creek wildfires. Deana also shares what drives her in taking such a leadership role in her community and offers guidance we can all take when faced with devastating events.


Deana Freres is one of the founders of the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund (SCWRF) which raised over $3 million of private funding in less than six months. The fund was established just days after the September 2020 Beachie Creek Fire burned almost 400,000 acres, destroyed 700 homes, and resulted in 5 fatalities in Oregon’s beloved Santiam Canyon. Deana believes the fundraising and programming success of SCWRF is a result of its partnership with the Service Integration Team of Santiam Hospital, which, by design, connects those in need with the leveraged assets of its network of service providers, community programs, and funding. 


A Statesman Journal article about the fire 


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