EUGENE, Ore. - Lane County officials say as many as 100 buildings in the Blue River area were destroyed by wildfire overnight - and that even worse news could be around the corner. Significant Events: Blue River 2 had moderate minimal activity. Steve Mokrohisky, county administrator, said residents should "expect a loss of life" from the Holiday Farm fire. High-dollar outdoor sports commuters migrate through. – Email him at mdenis@registerguard.com. At present, Helfrich said that Mel Bright is the unofficial mayor of Blue River, assuming a leadership role in fighting for the community. She described it as apocalyptic, saying an unknown number of homes have burned to the ground, and only poles stand in places where signs used to be. I just read this story on KVAL’s ( A Eugene t.v station) website. At Blue River Underwriters, we understand what it takes to protect the interests of fire sprinkler and equipment contractors. Together, building a safer community through prevention, preparedness and response. Fire crews say resources are scarce as the fire continues to burn through several communities in Lane County. Oh- but now that the fires look scary- yer all worried ! The Blue River Fire started on June 5 and was caused by lightning, officials say. Frances O’Brien died in 1996. Level 3 means "GO NOW." In 1947, the fire department changed names to the Breckenridge Volunteer Fire Department until 1976 when a special taxing district was officially formed renaming the department to the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District as it is called today. “That formed the term paper for my BFA.”. Stanley said she first evacuated to the parking lot of Thurston High School in Springfield, along with hundreds of others escaping the McKenzie River Valley. “Our area was beautiful, and it’s nothing but burnt sticks right now.”. All things Blue River, Oregon, and surrounding areas... Got an event you want to share with your neighbors? There's no entity to go to,” Helfrich said. Maybe you have a few things to sell? The lightning ignited Blue River Fire is burning 7 miles southeast of Alpine, Arizona within the Wallow Fire scar. Screw you ! Dean Guernsey/For The Bulletin As flames from the Holiday Farm Fire roared closer and closer to her home Monday night, Blue River resident Krystal Harrison was ordered to evacuate or perish. Heavy grass crop and dry light brush are the primary carriers of the fire. Krieger used a Zeiss Ikon Ikonta black-and-white folding camera, bought in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1945. You are a disgusting bag of scum- with your… “hey- where are the feds ? – 1995, however, marked a rapid decline in developing any film as digital photography emerged. As progress barreled down the McKenzie Highway through these isolated worlds, the logging industry was no longer the main employer of the corridor's communities. Many of the houses contained gardens of junk autos watched over by lonely dogs. MCC Campus(es): MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute. Yesterday's activity has subsided with only smoldering remaining. Ya shoulda thought about that when you personally decided not to sign the petition to recall this complete failure of a Governor- who has been at the helm of every major disaster this state has seen- ever ! I hate to pull politics into a truly tragic disaster like this, but isn’t this what FEMA is set up for? Blue River Fire northeast of San Carlos, Arizona, June 7, 2020. 6/15/2020 - 2:47 pm . Entertainment It’s the quintessence of a kindly, country lady, an honest, hard-working face, dressed in floral print under a cardigan, translucent reflected trees cutting across her face. Contests & Promotions, Fire / Fire Alert / Oregon-Northwest / Top Stories, Sign up for News Channel 21 Email Newsletters, Northwest Interagency Coordination Center’s website, St. Charles Redmond COVID-19 outbreak traced to patient who tested negative — twice, Oregon reports 22 more COVID-19 deaths, one from Deschutes; 877 new cases, https://ktvz.com/news/oregon-northwest/2020/09/10/with-so-many-fires-blazing-deq-issues-statewide-air-quality-alert-until-monday/. BLUE RIVER, Ore. (KTVZ) -- As the Holiday Farm Fire rages on, burning 145,000 acres as of Thursday, people who had to evacuate the McKenzie River Valley are left wondering if they will have homes to return to. itself is a very large area, and if this is true, it really puts the size of this fire As much as film choice, the trick for the portraitist is to put people at ease while framing their essential nature in natural surroundings, as depicting disarmed people reveals that shared spark beneath. The loop is from 1130 PM to 230 AM. No. The former professor at Linn Benton Community College encourages his acolytes to understand what it is they’re capturing. “Expressive photography means something to us,” Bergeman said. Program Overview MCC Campus(es): MCC-Blue River: Public Safety InstituteContact: 816.604.6700 The MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute offers Fire Academy training that is approved by the Missouri Department of Public Safety's Division of Fire Safety (DFS), which is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). Scrolling through photos, Engelman fell into a reverie. When Krieger began his work in the 1940s, shooting stills for Highland Park High School, of UAW-CIO events in north Detroit and in the iconic Packard Plant (now the world’s largest abandoned industrial complex), he used black-and-white film, as color film wasn't cheap enough to be readily adopted until the 1970s. Evacuations remain in place for the communities of Vida, Blue River, Mohawk, McKenzie Bridge, Leaburg and Walterville. It helps tell the story and makes it more amusing,” Krieger said. If you want to find all the towers in the state, buy Peter Barr's history and trail guidebook "Hiking North Carolina’s Lookout Towers". Rich Bergeman, Krieger's peer in the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild, almost always photographs landscapes — a romantic, almost nostalgic patina of what life once was — and historical remnants. In 1994, Krieger found a collective tenderness beneath the failing infrastructure of a former industrial town. If 1994 were the end of an era, 2020, despite its tragedy, may mark overcoming to the next one. “It burned straight through Blue River,” Stanley said. “The town of Blue River is 100% gone,” Stanley said. “The community back when the photos were taken, felt to me more like a complete community,” said Jonnie Helfrich, co-owner of A Helfrich Outfitters, McKenzie River rafting and fishing guides. Hey Tripod…you do realize that resources are stretched thin. The Blue Ridge Fire initially broke out just before 1 p.m. Monday in the area of Green River Road near the Green River Golf course and the 91 Freeway, near Chino Hills State Park. After September's catastrophic Holiday Farm Fire, Krieger’s work documenting the McKenzie River Corridor at the turn of the century became all the more indispensable. Haha, big guy upstairs can’t get em right every time I guess lol seriously though, you wrote that well & I thought it should be noted. “In the first set of photographs, I concentrated on the ramshackle buildings and streets in the village,” Krieger wrote. Firefighters are Super Heros. “He works in a project-oriented way, telling us a narrative with several photographs,” Bergeman said. Incident Overview. Helfrich joined Bright in a fight to save the Leaburg Hatchery, for example. As his 1994 exhibition paper describes, Krieger first left people out of his photos, instead choosing to focus on the dilapidated buildings that dotted Blue River’s desiccated landscape. I know you can’t get there and wouldn’t spend the money to send people there if you could. For the most updated information on the Holiday Farm Fire, visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center’s website or the fire's InciWeb page. Now that Blue River is burnt down, it makes it even more striking what a legacy that is.” Rich Bergeman. It says that the She said while fire crews have strongly advised people to evacuate, some residents chose to stay behind, to guard their property from possible looters. The more yellow the pixels the more intense the fire. “You want it to go back to those yummy  times when those pictures were taken.”. Maybe a couple contacts after all these years. Pricy RVs drive alongside 30-year-old pickup trucks through communities where crime rates and drug use rise. “We are 'McKenzie Strong.'”. We are the only fire sprinkler program endorsed by the American Fire Sprinkler Association. Yes, get mad at Barney tripod, that will solve it! Photography accompanies and accounts for photographer Herman Krieger’s adventurous life journey. “(Blue River's) never been incorporated. 'Blue River is pretty much a total loss' The Holiday Farm Fire has destroyed the town of Blue River and killed at least one person, a fire marshal spokesman confirmed Saturday morning. Especially critical was the loss of the medical clinic. It’s ironic, then, that Krieger never wanted to take photos of people in the first place. “It had services that keep (us from) having to travel outside of the community to have fresh meat and vegetables.”. GO BACK TO CALIFORNIA AND QUIT YOUR COMPLAINING. This comic playfulness can help to carry the day during dark times. Lemme guess- you now know someone who is suffering from her incompetence- and you want D-Trump to send in the Rescue Rangers ! Bergeman observes Krieger’s skill at connecting is shown in his images. “It adds to the challenge of not only individual rebuilding in the county, but to simplify what's happening up there.”. The Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter of the American Red Cross, based in Hickory, is assisting the Mintons. Using his lens to point the way, Krieger’s film arrests the subject in time, creating a visible testimonial to what once was. Wildfire Home and business owners see Holiday Farm Fire devastation firsthand Monday evening ODOT opened up Highway 126 westbound into Blue River, one … The city of Eugene Krieger’s photos of residents of these towns documents a slice of what was. Her husband worked in the lumber mill and she would leave books out of the front porch for passing truckers. According to Stanley, Blue River is made up of about 150 people, with about 2,500 total residents between Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge. “We're trying to say something.”. And that reality, you're responsible for.”. UPDATE: The official Facebook page for the Holiday Farm Fire suggests there is more to be learned about the fate of communities and landmarks. “As frustrating as it is for everybody when they get overwhelmed, the overall sense in the community is hopeful,” Helfrich said. nice TDS DB, you just cant help yourself! In one of the more striking portraits, the late Frances O’Brien, former Blue River Library librarian and founder, looks out from behind a windowed door, nameplate taped above a sign designating “OFFICE.” O’Brien, maybe the most recognizable Blue River icon, stares out with giving eyes framed by wired, grandmotherly glasses, hair uniformly askew and tended to. She said children also call her “Aunt Melanie.”. Grayscale adds a depth within the contrast of light and shadow, defining the subject through shadow. The fire department's Blue River station is destroyed, its equipment is burned, and a number of the crew members have lost their homes and livelihoods in … Winning this battle not only meant more fish higher in the river, but an economic injunction to guides and protection for local state of Oregon employees. When the library was first built, it was open 24 hours a day with anyone allowed to go in and take a book out. Anybody could just go and pick a book up and bring it back when they wanted to,” Krieger said. This morning containment is at eighty-five percent on the Blue River Fire and eighty-one percent containment on the Dry Lake Fire, with no significant change in acreage. “His body of work on the 'Hamlets of Lane County' is really a lasting legacy for Lane County. Half-million-dollar homes clash with 50-year-old mobile home parks. Fire intensity of the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires as well as the fire in the Blue River area. With an AM Best A+ XV Rated Carrier and experienced risk engineering and claims specialists, we deliver quality solutions and responsive service that our clients require and deserve. In 1994 Blue River, some leadership came from librarian O’Brien, who moved to Blue River as a teacher in the 1920s, according to Krieger. Holiday fire is now nearly 4 times as big as the city of Eugene. We are providing all the official info we can, and they are putting it out as fast as they can. This story will be updated as information becomes available. “Pretty much from Blue River Park to the highway, there’s nothing left. Blue River, along the McKenzie River Highway east of Eugene and Springfield, lies in ruin more than a week the Holiday Farm fire swept through its … While his intent was to tell a story through these deceased places, Krieger's mentor, Professor Dell, and his PhotoZone Gallery colleagues, though, convinced him that an honest portrait of Blue River would include its current residents. But it has been dangerous to get in and make those tallies. Didn’t we spend some of the FEMA funds to build 3 miles of new wall down south that Mexico was going to pay for in the first place? Breaking News Many guys Engelman worked with lived the blue-collar life, ubiquitous until the 1980s, drinking at the Blue River Tavern until 2 in the morning, sleeping eight hours and heading back to logging work, he said. I saw coverage on every single national news website I visited. In Oregon, a fast-moving wildfire caused "catastrophic damage" and probably loss of life in the town of Blue River east of Eugene-Springfield, Lane County officials said. “I want everybody who wants to come back to the McKenzie to be able to come back to the McKenzie,” Stanley said. Krieger’s photo essays can provide a marker of this progression. Though the two photographers' subject matter may be different, the integral nature of their work, recording images that give context to the world, is similar. He also said a firefighter told him that between 80 and 100 buildings were destroyed. As of Thursday, Stanley is staying in a hotel in Eugene, awaiting word from fire officials as to when it's safe to return -- and if there's a home for her to return to. “I always stress to students to let your eyeball rotate around that little viewfinder and see what's on the edges,” Bergeman said. The number of structures burnt to the ground- destroyed and looted during the Portland riots ? Brush, tall grass, and hardwood litter. You sound like Governor Kaotic Kate- She broke it- now she wants the guy she publicly criticizes day in and day out to come in and cover her hind end- as her bundies air in the wind for everyone to see ! In 2020, though, the Blue River School where she used to teach served as a refuge during the Holiday Farm Fire. BUT, YOU DO HAVE TELEPHONES DON’T YOU. But bless them all. There are false rumors that antifa started this fire. Here are Jerry and Nadine Clocksin who ran the Sable Ray Market, the Blue River grocery store, before moving to Detroit to open another grocer there. The photographer’s 1994 “Blue River Anthology” (members.efn.org/~hkrieger/blue.htm) and early 2000s “Hamlets of Lane County” chronicles waning lumber towns along Oregon Route 126. We have posted two FEMA releases, combined with other govt. Welcome! In the 1960s, youths vandalized the building and so it was locked at night. MCC is offering the following Fire Continuing Education courses this spring: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7170/. In 2020, those faces communicate what could be given good fortune and an extraordinary amount of work. BLUE RIVER, Ore. -- Lane County's top administrator says wildfires have caused "catastrophic loss" in this small town. Updated: Sep 8, 2020 3:24 PM. And that everyone is going the best job they can. And if you think you can do better than Barney why not give it a whirl. Still, when Krieger accompanied his wife, Atty, to Blue River, she went to her quilting group while Krieger started wandering around, holding his vintage camera at his chest. Photo: SCA Forestry. – With a lack of color, black-and-white stills ease color’s distraction to encourage the viewer to take in the scene. The three words I have heard “It’s mostly gone.” Hope that fills your need to know, morbid as it is. The email says: Today even the remaining few are gone. The story (and, often, its captions) roll out in a bouncing cadence. The Holiday Farm fire destroyed nearly every structure in the remote town of Blue River and cut McKenzie Valley residents off from key services: the post office, the library, the general market. The Sheriff has categorically denied that. Learn more about Rhea here. I go there a couple of times a month with excess clothing or shoes or blankets or whatever I've got and other people are doing the same thing to help someone who you know lost everything.”. And the answer will be tragic for far too many. After the Holiday Farm Fire blazed more than 170,000 acres, razed entire towns like Blue River and forced thousands to evacuate, the images now represent what communal spirit and energy might be raised again. 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