Almeda Fire Day 10: Recovery Updates – FEMA Assistance & New Resources
A week and a half after the devastating Almeda fire ripped through our communities, we are beginning to understand the nature of this catastrophe.
Initial assessment has pegged the number of lost homes, including apartments, manufactured homes, and houses at more than 2,350. In addition, businesses along the corridor from just north of the Valley View interchange through Phoenix were consumed by fire. Thousands of us were displaced, and many more are grieving for the losses sustained by ...
Sunday night update: Alameda fire response
This is Day 5 after the horrific Almeda fire swept through the communities of Talent and Phoenix. This post summarizes key information I know at this moment.
Fire impact. We know the fires took a devastating toll, but an inventory of loss is yet to come. However, at least a dozen manufactured home and RV parks were destroyed, including more than 1500 homes. Added to that are apartments units and many single family homes. Thousands of individuals and families, all treasured members of our ...
Oregon Wildfire Council Lays Out Some Options
The Jefferson Exchange, JPR
One major outcome of the Oregon Governor's Council on Wildfire Response was a number: four billion. That's the amount of money estimated to do all the work to make Oregon's forests more fire resistant, less prone to catastrophic fires.
It's a big number, but still less than the estimates of damage if Oregon has more large and destructive fires.
So is Oregon and its people willing to put up huge dollars in the short term ...
To fight wildfire, we must address climate change
by Rep. Pam Marsh
Sunday, August 4th 2019 Mail Tribune
AQI 134: Unhealthy for sensitive groups.
I’m looking at this dispiriting air quality index reading for Ashland at 11 AM on Tuesday, July 30. The Applegate and Medford are worse: 157 and 160, i.e. unhealthy. By the time you read this, I hope you are seeing better numbers.
Actually, the word “hope” is not nearly strong enough. I have been hearing from many neighbors and friends for the past five days, since smoke from ...
Oregon needs to step up and invest in more wildfire prevention tools
By Pam Marsh
May 09, 2019 The Oregonian
Marsh, D-Ashland, represents House District 5 in the Oregon Legislature.
In summer 2017, Portland watched the beloved Columbia River Gorge go up in flames. Last summer, Southern Oregon suffered through six weeks of choking smoke. In November, we all watched from a distance as Paradise, California, a town much like others in Oregon, burned to the ground. It is clear that smoke and fire threaten the health, economy, and future of communities ...
Forestry Department needs more funding now
by Rep. Pam Marsh
Sunday, March 24th 2019 - Mail Tribune
Last summer, Southern Oregon suffered through six weeks of choking smoke. A month later we watched from a distance as Paradise, California, a town much like communities in our region, burned to the ground. Smoke and fire threaten our health, our economy and our future.
The gravity of our situation is reflected in the numbers. Oregon wildfires cost a whopping $514 million in 2018 and that half billion is not the end of our ...
Rep Marsh advocates for forest and fire resilience funding 022719
In the wake of persistent smoke and devastating fire, Representative Pam Marsh, Oregon House District 5, encourages the Joint Subcommittee on Natural Resources to support investments in forest and fire resilience this legislative session.