FireWatch: Almeda fire survivor shares his story of rebuilding

Totem Pole Trailer Park is one of the three main locations that are housing more than 100 FEMA-eligible families.

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 5:50 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2021 6:04 PM

TALENT, Ore. -- It’s been more than a year since the Almeda fire tore through the cities of Phoenix and Talent. For many people who lost their homes in the fire, things are getting incrementally better, but they're still looking for a permanent place to call home.

David Riley remembers when he had to evacuate as the fire rushed north.

“Well, that night me and my mom, we loaded our dogs up and loaded what we could fit in my car ... and we couldn’t find any hotels or motels so we camped out for five nights in my car in the Walmart parking lot,” Riley said.

Before the Almeda fire, Riley lived in Phoenix for 5 years. He is now a resident of the Totem Pole Trailer Park.

"It's been a lot better than when I lived in the motels and I was living in 5 or 6 of them,“ Riley added.

Totem Pole Trailer Park is one of the three main locations that are housing more than 100 FEMA-eligible families. The site has more than 25 manufactured housing units.

The other two FEMA housing sites in the rogue valley are Coleman Creek Estates in Phoenix and Rogue Valley Mobile Village in Medford.

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