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…]

Marion County turns its attention to cleaning up debris as Santiam Canyon residents turn home. But the cleanup won’t be quick

A coffee mug rests in the ashes of a home owned by Ken Cartwright in Gates on Sunday, September 20. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) After meeting with federal officials Tuesday about efforts to clean up the fire-ravaged Santiam Canyon, Marion County Sam Brentano was left with a disturbing message: Don’t think[Read More…]


Marion County deputy prowls remote roads in race to evacuate campers as firestorm approaches

Sgt. Matt Wilkinson of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, stands in front of a map of the Beachie Creek Fire at the fire command at Chemeketa Community College on Thursday, Sept. 17. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Seven hours had passed since Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Wilkinson first laid eyes on a blaze[Read More…]

AROUND OREGON: They packed and waited for signal to flee Beachie Creek fire. Their bodies were found days later

A destroyed historic egg hatchery on the property of Michael and Lori Chauran in Mehama on Wednesday, September 9. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Travis Cook heard about wildfires spreading about 10 miles from his mother’s home in rural Marion County. That was Labor Day. He called that evening. Cathy Cook told[Read More…]