By DG Cindi O’Neil, Photo courtesy of Fox26Medford

On Tuesday, Sept. 8 fire broke out just north of Ashland, OR. Firefighters were quickly overwhelmed by the speed and intensity of the wind-fueled wildfire tearing north from Ashland along Interstate 5.  The towns of Phoenix and Talent were lost.  It came to be known as the Almeda fire. The fire ended up displacing an estimated 3,000 residents and destroyed an estimated 2,357 residential structures.

On Monday, Sept. 21, less than two weeks later, Rotary District 5110 had raised $25,000 through a Rotary Foundation Disaster Relief Grant and helped the fire victims buy the tools they need to continue working. Many had clients, they just needed the tools. Restoring the ability of the fire victims to reclaim their dignity and return to work is vitally important to Rotary.  These are their stories. https://rotaryvolunteerconnect.org/

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Podcast Development:  Rotarian Dan Smith, Dewaga Cooperative

News segment KBOI Channel 5 Medford, Interview Vickie Aldous, Reporter The Mail Tribune

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