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Voting, The Air, The Recovery: Moving Forward From The Fires

A burned out car on Talent Ave., from the Almeda Drive Fire
David Hess
A burned out car on Talent Ave., from the Almeda Drive Fire
Dr. Jim Shames on health effects
Rep. Pam Marsh on recovery and rebuilding efforts
Hour 2: Fire Updates, Calls, and Emails

At the one-week mark after the start of the Almeda Fire, much is already stabilized. Fires are responding to the work of firefighters, evacuations have been downgraded in some areas, residents with standing homes have begun to return, and relief efforts have started.

But lots of issues need to be addressed. We take up the broad range of issues with fires and recovery in another all-phones-on-deck episode of the JX.

We also take up the issue of voter registrations for people burned out of their homes with Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker, talk respiratory issues—smoke and COVID—with Dr. Jim Shames at Jackson County Public Health, and get an overview of what the state is doing to help fire victims from Oregon Rep. Pam Marsh.

We also hear stories, of people in need and people ready to help.

Further details on some of today's information:

  • To update your voter registration in Oregon with your temporary address, if you've had to move: Oregonvotes.gov ...click on My Vote.
  • Contact Jackson County clerk: 541-774-6181 or elections@jacksoncounty.org
  • Breathing in the bad air: N95 or KN95 mask out of doors… indoors, attach MERV-13 Filter
  • ACCESS is collaborating with community partners to help distribute resources and provide a place for donations in Jackson County. For a full list of updates and resources please visit accesshelps.org.
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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.