Cascade Relief Team cleanup crews nearing end of work in Blue River

The nonprofit organization joined forces with community members for the past 94 days to clean up the debris.

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 10:05 PM
Updated: Apr 21, 2021 10:58 PM

BLUE RIVER, Ore. -- Cascade Relief Team is set to finish cleaning up the damages from the Holiday Farm Fire in the coming days.

From there, they will move on to the Medford area to assist in recovery efforts from the Almeda Fire.

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The nonprofit organization joined forces with community members for the past 94 days to clean up the debris. They said the plan was to give the citizens a headstart before the government arrives to help.

CRT President Marc Brooks said they will begin to help the area find long-term solutions.

"Long-term relationships are all about that sense of community and helping out when needed," Brooks said, "There’s gonna be needs for years to come. This is something that just doesn’t end overnight or just doesn’t end with the cleanup."

According to him, this means helping with things like septics, installation of power lines, and new home foundations.

Melanie Stanley is the owner of Meyer's General Store, which was completely destroyed in the flames. She said the entire project has been an emotional rollercoaster. 

"It still is hard sometimes to look around and not see anything, but it is also positive because now that I know that most of the site is clear. I can see what might be, or what could be next, so that’s been helpful," Stanley said.

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