Local Wildfire Relief Funds
Jesse Robbins
December 21, 2020
For many of us in the American West, an additional challenge to the year was the terrible wildfire season. In September, our hometown and neighboring communities were struck by the Almeda Fire, leaving thousands without businesses or homes. Fires on the North Umpqua and McKenzie Rivers burned tens of thousands of acres and devastated pristine riparian forests. We are deeply saddened by the losses and destruction caused here and across the West, and forever indebted to those who respond when called upon. Here is a list of local wildfire relief funds and resources.

Rogue Valley Relief Fund

The Rogue Valley Relief Fund will go directly to help people most impacted by these fires in the Rogue Valley. This fund will be used to directly meet the needs of those who have been displaced by fires—it will buy tents, meals, gas, and other supplies folks need immediately. In the long term, the fund will support people who have lost their homes in these fires as they rebuild their lives, prioritizing those who have the least access to aid.

Saving Steamboat

The historic Steamboat Inn was in the middle of the Archie Creek Fire that started on September 8th, 2020. The devastation from this mega fire to the area is astounding. While the Inn buildings survived, the three water systems and septic system did not; all four melted and are a complete loss. The Woodward Family purchased the Steamboat Inn in 2017 and since then have endured four natural disasters. While they have been able to weather each of these storms on their own and come back stronger, they are asking for our help now.

The North Umpqua Foundation & Glide Revitalization

The North Umpqua Foundation is committed to supporting the people and the river after the effects of the fire Archie Creek and French Creek fires through the Glide General Relief Fund. 100 percent of these funds will be distributed to the community of Glide to benefit the victims of the Archie Creek Fire and the organizations of Glide providing food and services to our displaced residents and those on the ground fighting this fire. It is our mission to get these funds to the residents and organizations of Glide as quickly as possible.

McKenzie River Restoration Fund

The McKenzie Masters Foundation is raising funds with two goals in mind: Make the river navigable again and put the local guides back to work. For this fundraiser, McKenzie Masters Foundation is partnering with the McKenzie River Trust, Eugene Water and Electric Board, Lane County, the McKenzie Community Development Corporation, Lane County Sheriff’s Marine Office, US Fish and Wildlife and the McKenzie River Guides Association. These various agencies will comprise a steering committee to determine the best use of your donated funds to identify necessary projects and will employ the local fishing guides to make them a reality.