'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. 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. 'It's nothing but burnt sticks right now,' Melanie Stanley says -- but 'we are McKenzie Strong', (Update: Adding video, comments from Blue River resident). “As frustrating as it is for everybody when they get overwhelmed, the overall sense in the community is hopeful,” Helfrich said. 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. Firefighters are Super Heros. I got a serious four letter F word for you- but the B is having a bad day- so I’ll drop this on you instead- “Fool” ! If 1994 were the end of an era, 2020, despite its tragedy, may mark overcoming to the next one. The loop is from 1130 PM to 230 AM. Photography accompanies and accounts for photographer Herman Krieger’s adventurous life journey. “In the first set of photographs, I concentrated on the ramshackle buildings and streets in the village,” Krieger wrote. The email says: High-dollar outdoor sports commuters migrate through. “Before that, I was rather shy to photograph people, but then, I just started talking with them while walking around, taking pictures of people I’d meet,” Krieger said. This work force is charged with providing the highest level of Fire and Emergency Services possible to all the military, civilians, and visitors working, living or visiting our base. RAINBOW, Ore. -- A new Level 3 evacuation order was issued just before midnight for residents near Blue River and McKenzie Bridge. I just read this story on KVAL’s ( A Eugene t.v station) website. This comic playfulness can help to carry the day during dark times. Half-million-dollar homes clash with 50-year-old mobile home parks. “He works in a project-oriented way, telling us a narrative with several photographs,” Bergeman said. 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. I don’t agree with.. or even like what you said, but I liked the way you said it. There are false rumors that antifa started this fire. I can respond to this one easy enough, I have a lot of family from Little Sweden to the Lyons area. 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. In 2020, though, the Blue River School where she used to teach served as a refuge during the Holiday Farm Fire. A level 3 evacuation notice is extended to Walterville Elementary from McKenzie Ranger station, especially the North Gate Creek and Goodpasture areas as the fire is moving west according to officials. And that reality, you're responsible for.”. Learn more about Rhea here. NewsChannel 21 spoke Thursday with Melanie Stanley, affectionately known as the “unofficial mayor” of Blue River. When the library was first built, it was open 24 hours a day with anyone allowed to go in and take a book out. Today even the remaining few are gone. “Expressive photography means something to us,” Bergeman said. In 1994, Krieger found a collective tenderness beneath the failing infrastructure of a former industrial town. It’s ironic, then, that Krieger never wanted to take photos of people in the first place. Wildfire Home and business owners see Holiday Farm Fire devastation firsthand Monday evening ODOT opened up Highway 126 westbound into Blue River, one … 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. 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. 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? In Oregon, the Holiday Farm Fire has ravaged more than a hundred thousand acres and devastated the small mountain town of Blue River, east of … Photo: SCA Forestry. into perspective, and is really hard to comprehend…, https://kval.com/news/local/holiday-farm-fire-east-of-springfield-has-burned-over-100k-acres-since-monday-night. 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 ! We have posted two FEMA releases, combined with other govt. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7170/. He recalls Krieger’s personal rapport on small PhotoArts field trips, chatting with people in front yards, pacifying people into agreeing to stand for photos. Thanks to the Forest Fire Lookout Association, the remaining towers are being restored and placed on the National Historic Lookout Register. The Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter of the American Red Cross, based in Hickory, is assisting the Mintons. 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. “We are 'McKenzie Strong.'”. In January 1989, Helfrich moved to join Aaron’s multigenerational clan on the McKenzie River Corridor. 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 … “But it was always a free library. All things Blue River, Oregon, and surrounding areas... Got an event you want to share with your neighbors? He also said a firefighter told him that between 80 and 100 buildings were destroyed. Today, with the timber industry all but removed from local economies, Oregon 126’s 60-mile stretch is a very diverse political and economic stretch of towns. “Most of the stores were boarded up or had ‘For Sale’ signs. https://ktvz.com/news/oregon-northwest/2020/09/10/with-so-many-fires-blazing-deq-issues-statewide-air-quality-alert-until-monday/. Anybody could just go and pick a book up and bring it back when they wanted to,” Krieger said. Coincidentally, for Krieger, black-and-white also performed better in digital photos. “(Blue River's) never been incorporated. Krieger’s subjects reveal life as it is, neither judging or in judgement. Using his lens to point the way, Krieger’s film arrests the subject in time, creating a visible testimonial to what once was. 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. 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 … Pricy RVs drive alongside 30-year-old pickup trucks through communities where crime rates and drug use rise. There is Pete McKnight, who ran the auto garage. And that everyone is going the best job they can. Updated: Sep 8, 2020 3:24 PM. Level 3 means "GO NOW." 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. Evacuations remain in place for the communities of Vida, Blue River, Mohawk, McKenzie Bridge, Leaburg and Walterville. In 1994, many of those businesses were remnants of a more fruitful time. Contacts: Blue River PSI, 816.604.6700. 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. I know you can’t get there and wouldn’t spend the money to send people there if you could. Severe Weather GO BACK TO CALIFORNIA AND QUIT YOUR COMPLAINING. At present, Helfrich said that Mel Bright is the unofficial mayor of Blue River, assuming a leadership role in fighting for the community. Blue River Fire 85 percent contained; Dry Lake Fire 81 percent contained. 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". “It had services that keep (us from) having to travel outside of the community to have fresh meat and vegetables.”. The Town of Blue River endeavors to nurture our serene mountain community by conserving our natural residential environment, promoting unity with our neighbors and surroundings, channeling the voice of our residents, and enhancing the quality of life for all. What about the hundreds of thousands of businesses that closed because of Girly Brown’s covid hysterics ? MCC Campus(es): MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute. UPDATE: The official Facebook page for the Holiday Farm Fire suggests there is more to be learned about the fate of communities and landmarks. Oregon’s wildfires are now closing in on one million acres and hundreds of homes lost, and still no word from the feds about emergency funding and other help. Too bad you’re not as intelligent as you’re page presence paints you to be. BLUE RIVER, Ore. -- Lane County's top administrator says wildfires have caused "catastrophic loss" in this small town. 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. 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. “Whenever everybody is like, ‘We just want to get home to try to figure out what to do next’ -- there’s no ‘What next?’ right now,” Stanley said. “You want it to go back to those yummy  times when those pictures were taken.”. The dry and windy conditions and high temperatures caused the fire to spread quickly. The McKenzie River community of Blue River and Vida are is apparently a “total loss” and at least one county employee has lost a loved one to the McKenzie fire, aka the Holiday Farm Fire, according to an email that went out to some Lane County employees the afternoon of Tuesday Sept. 8. – Krieger’s work is almost all portraits, freezing the individual in a particular context, at once unique and universal. This is not about you. The Blue River Fire started on June 5 and was caused by lightning, officials say. Helfrich joined Bright in a fight to save the Leaburg Hatchery, for example. The majority of employers along McKenzie Highway include the forest service, school districts and a nascent outdoor industry. Brush, tall grass, and hardwood litter. 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. Now that Blue River is burnt down, it makes it even more striking what a legacy that is.” Rich Bergeman. Hey Barney, how about some news about the affected towns in the Canyon and the McKenzie. We are the only fire sprinkler program endorsed by the American Fire Sprinkler Association. “The captions are part of the photo. “I want everybody who wants to come back to the McKenzie to be able to come back to the McKenzie,” Stanley said. Fire intensity of the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires as well as the fire in the Blue River area. 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. It says that the if you haven’t figured it out z21 is a training station always has been.we use to get 2 portland stations a salem and eugene one on bend cable now we just have these fools. “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. There's no entity to go to,” Helfrich said. Entertainment 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. In Krieger’s "Blue River," his camera captures how subjects exude an indiscriminate vitality underneath a vulnerable humanity. I don’t know how they do it. BUT, YOU DO HAVE TELEPHONES DON’T YOU. One is in this posted an hour or so ago. And the answer will be tragic for far too many. Fire crews say resources are scarce as the fire continues to burn through several communities in Lane County. itself is a very large area, and if this is true, it really puts the size of this fire Together, building a safer community through prevention, preparedness and response. “Digital color cameras have three layers that pick up that color (blue, yellow and red primary hues),” Krieger said. Incident Overview. You are a disgusting bag of scum- with your… “hey- where are the feds ? But it has been dangerous to get in and make those tallies. She said children also call her “Aunt Melanie.”. 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. 6/15/2020 - 2:47 pm . Lemme guess- you now know someone who is suffering from her incompetence- and you want D-Trump to send in the Rescue Rangers ! Especially critical was the loss of the medical clinic. Established in 1941, Camp Lejeune Fire & Emergency Service Division is presently comprised of an all civilian professional government employee workforce. Helfrich met her husband, fishing guide Aaron, in the summer of 1988 on the middle fork of Idaho’s Salmon River. Rhea Panela is a multimedia journalist for NewsChannel 21. – And down below is Pat Stanley, who ran the Meyer store, which also contained the post office, headed by Jan Fleshman as postmaster. It helps tell the story and makes it more amusing,” Krieger said. Significant Events: Blue River 2 had moderate minimal activity. The number of structures burnt to the ground- destroyed and looted during the Portland riots ? 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. “Be aware that you've basically taken that little frame out of reality and turned it into something else. Holiday fire is now nearly 4 times as big as the city of Eugene. “I always stress to students to let your eyeball rotate around that little viewfinder and see what's on the edges,” Bergeman said. Maybe a couple contacts after all these years. 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. MCC is offering the following Fire Continuing Education courses this spring: Scrolling through photos, Engelman fell into a reverie. – Posted By: Bob Schaper. The three words I have heard “It’s mostly gone.” Hope that fills your need to know, morbid as it is. National media covered protests in one square block of Portland for months, but now that Oregon is literally on fire there’s barely a mention by most media. But bless them all. 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 … “Our area was beautiful, and it’s nothing but burnt sticks right now.”. Yes, get mad at Barney tripod, that will solve it! In 2020, those faces communicate what could be given good fortune and an extraordinary amount of work. “His body of work on the 'Hamlets of Lane County' is really a lasting legacy for Lane County. 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. Follow Matthew on Instagram @CAFE_541. “That formed the term paper for my BFA.”. 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. Zeiss Ikon Ikonta black-and-white folding camera, now the world’s largest abandoned industrial complex, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. 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 … We’re in deep doo-doo here” ! Frances O’Brien died in 1996. 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. And if you think you can do better than Barney why not give it a whirl. The photographer prefers black-and-white photography for a few reasons. 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/. No. I hate to pull politics into a truly tragic disaster like this, but isn’t this what FEMA is set up for? notices. Daily Weather Forecast I saw coverage on every single national news website I visited. Maybe you have a few things to sell? The story (and, often, its captions) roll out in a bouncing cadence. Grayscale adds a depth within the contrast of light and shadow, defining the subject through shadow. In the absence of government, private citizens step up. Hey Tripod…you do realize that resources are stretched thin. The former professor at Linn Benton Community College encourages his acolytes to understand what it is they’re capturing. “Black-and-white needs only need a single layer, and it's good, it's much better resolution and of finer quality.”. Many of the houses contained gardens of junk autos watched over by lonely dogs. 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.”. For the most updated information on the Holiday Farm Fire, visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center’s website or the fire's InciWeb page. We are providing all the official info we can, and they are putting it out as fast as they can. “The town of Blue River is 100% gone,” Stanley said. Yesterday's activity has subsided with only smoldering remaining. Breaking News In the 1960s, youths vandalized the building and so it was locked at night. Steve Mokrohisky, county administrator, said residents should "expect a loss of life" from the Holiday Farm fire. 1995, however, marked a rapid decline in developing any film as digital photography emerged. 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. Longtime publisher of the weekly McKenzie River Reflections Ken Engelman recalled the community circa 1994 while perusing the Krieger's photos. Daily News Updates One could call it a picturesque view of Appalachia in the Cascades.”. Her husband worked in the lumber mill and she would leave books out of the front porch for passing truckers. Screw you ! nice TDS DB, you just cant help yourself! 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). This story will be updated as information becomes available. “We're trying to say something.”. “Right now, there's three relief centers (in Leaburg, Blue River and Rainbow). “Pretty much from Blue River Park to the highway, there’s nothing left. Even before the Holiday Farm Fire, most were long gone in 2020. Oregon Wildfires: Evacuation Order For Blue River In Upper McKenzie Bridge Area By Love Cross & Angela Kellner • Sep 7, 2020 The Lionshead fire grew to more than 18,000 acres on Sunday, Sept. 6, leading to more closures of the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area. Seems like a real waste of potential genius if you ask me. From photographing for the UAW-CIO in the Motor City in the 1940s to (illegally) cataloging Soviet Russia in the 1960s, through his viewfinder, Krieger captures an essential essence, a flicker of the immortal in a mortal world. It doesn't have a government. Scattered interior fuels continue to consume with limited activity along the canyon edge. 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. With a lack of color, black-and-white stills ease color’s distraction to encourage the viewer to take in the scene. 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. Krieger’s photos of residents of these towns documents a slice of what was. 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. Krieger’s photo essays can provide a marker of this progression. 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. 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. Email him at mdenis@registerguard.com. The Sheriff has categorically denied that. 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. “It adds to the challenge of not only individual rebuilding in the county, but to simplify what's happening up there.”. 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 ! According to Stanley, Blue River is made up of about 150 people, with about 2,500 total residents between Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge. 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. Krieger used a Zeiss Ikon Ikonta black-and-white folding camera, bought in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1945. The lightning ignited Blue River Fire is burning 7 miles southeast of Alpine, Arizona within the Wallow Fire scar. 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. Welcome! There’s zero.”. “A tragedy like that is everyone pulls together,” Engelman said. After the fire’s destruction, Helfrich recognizes the challenge of instilling new civic structures in Blue River. Seems like a reality check by them is in order. The city of Eugene Bergeman observes Krieger’s skill at connecting is shown in his images. At Blue River Underwriters, we understand what it takes to protect the interests of fire sprinkler and equipment contractors. Oh- but now that the fires look scary- yer all worried ! “It burned straight through Blue River,” Stanley said. Blue River Fire northeast of San Carlos, Arizona, June 7, 2020. 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