Santiam Canyon wildfire survivors face chronic stress, trauma amid uncertainty about future

Two burned homes on each side of the North Santiam River at Gates show the potential for household and agricultural pollutants to flow into the river, a major source of Salem’s drinking water. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter) Over a year after the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires burned through the Santiam[Read More…]


PHOTOS: Drone images capture fire destruction in Santiam Canyon

The Marion Forks Hatchery and Oregon Highway 22 as seen on Oct. 14 following massive wildfires (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter) Marion County Commissioners voted Oct. 14 to waive building and septic permitting fees for homeowners rebuilding following wildfires in the Santiam Canyon. The announcement comes after a similar decision by Linn[Read More…]

In wake of wildfires, concerns arise that tax relief for Santiam Canyon property owners will be too little and too late

Myron Shenk, of Albany, leans on the frame of a destroyed bunk bed at the remains of a weekend home he shared with his wife in Detroit on Saturday, Sept. 27. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) On top of badly damaged or destroyed homes and businesses from last month’s wildfires, property owners[Read More…]


With wildfire funds and dedicated volunteers, Santiam and Salem groups prepare for long-term recovery help

Red Cross volunteers pass out meals and supplies outside of Gates on Sunday, September 20. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) The Oregon State Fairgrounds are empty of livestock evacuated from wildfires, and a nearby warehouse that served as a donation center for evacuees has been cleared out. But Salem and Santiam Canyon[Read More…]