Wildfire recovery funding distributed to local agencies

Wildfire recovery funding distributed to local agencies
Posted on 04/23/2021

Lane County requested funding from the State under House Bill 5042 to help local agencies replace funding that was used to respond to the Holiday Farm Fire in September, or to help them continue their support of fire recovery.


"I'm pleased that the state stepped up to meet Lane County's initial request for fire relief funding,” said Oregon Senator Floyd Prozanski. “My office continues to work diligently with legislative budget-writers to secure additional funding to assist fire-impacted communities as they recover."


The agencies receiving funding as part of Lane County’s request are:

  • Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District ($150,000)
  • Eugene Water & Electric Board ($150,000)
  • McKenzie Chamber of Commerce ($35,000)
  • McKenzie Fire & Rescue ($15,250)


“This is going to be directly infused into the community on the fire department’s behalf,” said Upper McKenzie Fire Chief Rainbow Plews. “We are going to be looking at a long-term recovery effort starting with land acquisition in Blue River to start a new station – we lost everything there and this is going to go directly to that effort.”


Oregon Senator Floyd Prozanski and Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch surprised the recipients today with the news of the funding at the McKenzie Fire & Rescue Station in Leaburg.


“Working with Senator Prozanski and the Legislature to make this funding available is an important part of how we are helping to support the McKenzie community,” said Commissioner Heather Buch. “Our first responders lost equipment, infrastructure and had overtime expenses and this money will help ensure that they can continue to serve their residents, as well as support the recovery efforts being undertaken by EWEB and the Chamber.”


The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Lane County Animal Services also received funding to help replace funds used for overtime or other expenses in wildfire response last fall, $52,000 and $48,600 respectively, making a total of $450,850 granted to Lane County agencies via House Bill 5042.