Gov. Brown visits Almeda Fire area, says state must do more

Gov. Kate Brown visits Mountain View Estates mobile home park in Talent, meets with local agencies for update on Almeda Fire clean-up.

Posted: Apr 29, 2021 2:58 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2021 3:01 PM

TALENT, Ore. – Today Governor Kate Brown visited the Mountain View Estates mobile home park in Talent, the park was destroyed in the Almeda Fire and is now one of the first locations to near the end of the clean-up process.

Local officials with agencies that are working in tandem to clean up fire debris and rebuild homes were at Mountain View Estates to give the Governor an update on where the rebuilding process stands today.

“The cleanup efforts started in earnest in mid-January. And we started off kind of slow. We did that on purpose because we wanted to understand the challenges, both operationally and safety,” said Jerry Marmon, ODOT District Manager.

According to Marmon, about 1,200 sites have been fully cleaned up.

“That represents about 70% of the entire place,” said Marmon.

Right now, there are more than 20 debris crews working on clean up with 50-60 dump trucks on site.

The complexity of clean-up lead to a slower start with environmental testing, metal removal, ash and debris removal, the removal of structural concrete, soil analysis, and erosion prevention all a part of the multi-step process to ensure homes are being rebuilt on safe and solid ground.

Officials specified that just because sites are considered clean, that does not mean people are housed at those locations yet.

Marmon, stating that he’s pleased with the pace of the debris removal and clean-up process, saying that the estimated timeline has always been 6 to 18 months and he feels confident that the timeline is moving at a pace closer to the 6-month mark.

Gov. Brown visited the fire area shortly after the Almeda fire tore through the cities of Talent and Phoenix and recalled her visit while seeing the progress that’s been made, saying she remembered the “pain and fear”, saying, “honestly, it looked like a hell of a lot of work.”

Gov. Brown also acknowledge those that are still staying in hotels and struggling to rebuild, addressing the current housing situation in Southern Oregon saying, “That's going to take a significant investment on the part of the state. I expect that to happen.”

“The legislature has made some significant investments at my request, in housing projects, we need more resources on the ground,” said Brown, “as you are well aware, some of these families are not eligible and have limited resource, they're not eligible for FEMA funding and they have limited resources; these families are part of our communities, they're part of the economic and cultural fabric of our communities. The state needs to step up and we need to get it done.”

Today FEMA announced that they will be partnering with three mobile park owners that have parks in the fire area that were destroyed by the Alemda fire to rebuild. FEMA is going to move FEMA trailers into the Totem Pole Trailer Park in Talent, the Rogue Valley Mobile Village in between Phoenix and Medford, and the Coleman Creek Estates in Phoenix. The trailers will house fire victims once the clean-up process is completed.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 190804

Reported Deaths: 2528
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah37830583
Washington25279229
Marion21739306
Clackamas17107209
Lane12799145
Jackson10716135
Deschutes866973
Umatilla814084
Linn479867
Yamhill441175
Klamath430861
Polk369952
Malheur349861
Josephine330268
Douglas322070
Benton302619
Jefferson216734
Coos204633
Columbia170526
Union144423
Lincoln137020
Wasco137028
Hood River117930
Morrow110015
Crook106520
Clatsop9738
Baker94614
Curry6459
Tillamook6363
Grant5065
Lake4447
Harney3378
Wallowa1825
Gilliam621
Sherman581
Wheeler281
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3757115

Reported Deaths: 62280
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles123542224008
Riverside2990644587
San Bernardino2965144697
San Diego2777593725
Orange2707055005
Santa Clara1188512085
Kern1089931373
Sacramento1041761672
Fresno1016251684
Alameda875851545
Ventura808421011
San Joaquin730091391
Contra Costa68503804
Stanislaus619161055
Tulare49554839
Monterey43563382
San Mateo41844568
San Francisco36616543
Santa Barbara34306453
Solano32752249
Merced31743458
Sonoma29975318
Imperial28352721
Kings22965246
Placer22550290
San Luis Obispo21282260
Madera16439242
Santa Cruz16188206
Marin14034228
Yolo13875209
Shasta12071226
Butte11943199
El Dorado10111112
Napa984981
Sutter9411111
Yuba622146
San Benito604863
Lassen569824
Tehama555358
Nevada470775
Tuolumne412364
Mendocino406149
Humboldt393539
Amador365147
Lake346743
Glenn238125
Colusa223016
Siskiyou218123
Calaveras212153
Inyo142638
Del Norte13678
Mono12804
Plumas7066
Modoc4954
Mariposa4457
Trinity3995
Sierra1120
Alpine880
Unassigned330
Medford
Partly Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 49°
Brookings
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 52°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 49°
Grants Pass
Partly Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 49°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 39°
Quiet Mother's Day Weekend
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Saturday, May 8th Evening Weather

Image

Saturday, May 8th Morning Weather

Image

Friday, May 7th Evening Weather

Image

Oregon Dept. of Education: Grants Pass SD

Image

Friday, May 7 morning weather

Image

Oregon Dept. of Education: Phoenix-Talent SD

Image

Medford Police Livability Team begins the process of cleaning up the Greenway

Image

Thursday, May 6th Evening Weather

Image

Thursday, May 6 morning weather

Image

Wednesday, May 5th Evening Weather