PHOENIX, Ore. — It's been more than six months since the Almeda, South Obenchain, and Slater fires swept through Jackson, Josephine, and Siskiyou counties — scorching thousands of acres and leaving thousands of people without their homes or businesses.
Right now, state managed crews are working on the process of clearing out the ash and debris and get these areas one step closer to completing the rebuilding process.
Kevin Alvarado, spokesman for the Oregon Debris Management Task Force, told NewsWatch 12 on Wednesday that they have now reached the halfway point in the cleanup efforts statewide following the devasting September fires.
Crews have cleared 1,450 home sites of the 2,784 total sites enrolled in the program. The majority of this work was done in the Almeda corridor, Alvarado said.
The task force is combined of groups from the Oregon Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality, and Emergency Management.
Clean-up has been a lengthy two-step process, and this second step — clearing debris so that rebuilding can begin — started back in the middle of January. Crews in Jackson County are currently working on mobile home parks like the Coleman Creek Estates and the Totem Pole Mobile Home Park in Talent.
The mobile home park is one of FEMA’s direct housing sites.