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Friday In The Fire Zone: Updates From All Around

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Bryon Lambert via Abby Kraft
Hour 2 - Call and emails with Geoffrey Riley

Our scheduled interviews went out the window when the unscheduled fires began burning into area towns.

Friday dawned with less fire, much more smoke, and at least 750 families needing to rebuild homes, just between the Almeda Drive and Slater fires.

There is both too much information, and not enough, all at the same time. So we use the benefits of a two-hour radio slot to explore the numbers, hear the stories of people affected by the fires, and try to connect people with needs to people in a position to fulfill those needs.

Both hours of this edition of the JX features many phone calls and emails. Here's a list of places and services mentioned that could help fire victims:

  • Siskiyou School in Ashland giving out donations 9 AM-5 PM, household goods and clothing. 631 Clay Street, South Ashland.
  • Division of Financial Regulation (insurance) at Oregon DCBS says get a hold of your insurance agent as soon as you know what’s up… mandatory evacuation costs CAN be covered by insurance. 888-877-4894.
  • RogueValley.Recovers.org is a hub of information for people with needs OR goods or supplies.
  • Jackson County Citizen Hotline has been activated for the emergency, 541-776-7338. As an alternate, call 211 for information.
  • Josephine County Emergency Services line is active as well, 541-474-5300.
  • Ashland Schools cancelled through Tuesday of next week. Many employees live in Phoenix and Talent and some lost homes. Ashland Schools Foundation supporting families. Text 72572 or email Ashlandschools@ashland.k12.or.us
  • Public meeting (on Facebook) for the Two Four Two Fire at 7 PM Friday.
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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.