Northwest Wildfire Data

This is the best, and most “real-time” data representation of the myriad wildfires happening around the Pacific Northwest. And a screenshot of our local Eugene/Springfield situation (the Holiday Farm fire). Please pay attention to your local emergency services directives!

State of Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard:

Screenshot of the Holiday Farm fire, Sept. 10, 2020, ~4:00 PM. (still 0% contained)
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River Road – Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan

Help shape your neighborhoods!
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On the behalf of the Santa Clara Community Organization, we’d like to welcome you to our community, situated on the banks of the beautiful Willamette River.  Here you will find the charm of meandering creeks, heritage trees, small organic farms, a wide variety of bird life, Continue reading

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Request for Red Cross Volunteers

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From the Red Cross


I am reaching out to see if you can share an appeal with the Lane COAD community for volunteers in the area to support Red Cross disaster response needs.  Currently the Red Cross is seeking volunteers to take shifts helping with feeding activities and providing support at our various shelter locations.  Shifts will be anywhere from 2-6 hours, and will be happening daily.  There is no required commitment to number of shifts, so even if someone can fill only one shift, we can use their help.  The Red Cross will provide training on-site to volunteers, so anyone 18+ is welcome to participate and will not need previous disaster experience for these roles.  If you could please share this with anyone interested in helping those effected by the wildfires. 

How to Volunteer:

If you are interested in helping, the first step is to use the link below to create an application in our Volunteer Connecton system.  You will use Volunteer Connection to take trainings, sign up for shifts and stay looped in to our ongoing needs during our local responses.  Click the link and fill out the form on the right-hand side that says, “Create Red Cross ID.”

If the system says your email is already registered in the system, use the “Forgot Password” link to set a password. Then click this sign up link again, but this time, log-in on the left hand side with your email/password and that should start the application.

Click Here to Sign Up!

Once your application is created, you’ll be guided to take a few online trainings and have access to our volunteer shift listings in your area.  The volunteer needs during a disaster are ever changing, so if you don’t see something available in your area now, that could change very quickly.  Please keep an eye out for email communication from the Red Cross to stay up to date with our volunteer needs.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the application process.  Thank you again for your support.  Take care.

Sam Haffey
Senior Recruitment Specialist
American Red Cross

Cascades Region
3131 N Vancouver Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
(541) 414-7576

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Free Meals For All Youth Until December

Grab-and-go meals available free for all youth at more sites, more hours this fall

Free grab-and-go meal distribution is back, with more locations and longer hours to ensure all 4J students and youth 18 and younger have convenient access to nutritious food.


Starting Monday, September 21
Monday–Friday, 10:45 a.m.–2 p.m.

North Eugene Region
• Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.
• River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, 120 W. Hilliard Lane
• Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Dr.

For complete information, please visit

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Mary Lou Bradley posted the following in the Nextdoor Neighborhood app.

Thank you to Mary Lou, those that helped organize the events, and all those who donated.  We definitely have a great community especially in Santa Clara/River Road.

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Please take a moment to smile…

Comedy Wildlife Photography awards 2020 finalists

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From Lane County Master Gardeners and the OSU Extension:

This has been a difficult week for so many here in Lane County and across Oregon, and I hope you and all your loved ones are safe. To the Master Gardener volunteers who have been evacuated from your homes, we are thinking of you and are here for you if you need anything. We are so grateful for all those working hard to save lives and property, and our hearts go out to all of the families and individuals who have been affected by the fires. For those looking to donate or seeking ways to help or volunteer to support the relief effort, please see the Lane County website and Lane COAD.

OSU Extension has received a lot of questions about the impact of smoke on gardens and soils. Factsheets from UC Cooperative Extension on ‘Produce Safety After a Fire’ and ‘Wildfire, Smoke and Livestock’ are attached to this email, and you can find additional resources at the links below: 

·         Food Safety and Wildfires
·         AAE: Removing Ash from Yard and Garden
·         Produce Safety After a Urban Wildfire
·         OSU Fire Resources

Produce Safety After Urban Wildfire

In other news….

Fall Festival POSTPONED – Due to the widespread fires in Oregon we have decided to postpone the Fall Festival. We hope to reschedule for a date to be determined in October and will notify all of you once a decision has been made.

LCMGA Seminar September 22, 2020 at 7 pm
Rain Gardens: Landscaping that treats stormwater runoff for healthy streams.
Presented by Derek Godwin, Professor, OSU Extension Watershed Management

Register in advance to attend –

Continuing Education Webinar Recordings

LCMGA Seminar Got Plant Problems by PDMGs Vickie Harrison and Jan Gano

Dueling with Diggers: Gophers, Moles, Voles, and Ground Squirrels
– Dr. Dana Sanchez

Winter Squash Research at OSU – Dr. Alex Stone and Lane Selman

Take care and be safe,
Erica and Jet, Master Gardener Program, OSU Extension Service – Lane County

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