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Oregon legislators want to hear from 2020 fire survivors

Mail Tribune/file photo Oregon legislators want to hear from fire survivors as the Rogue Valley and other communities continue to rebuild from 2020 wildfires.

Oregon legislators want to hear from survivors of the state’s September 2020 wildfires, including the Almeda and South Obenchain fires that destroyed thousands of homes in Jackson County and 170 businesses.

The Oregon Legislature’s House Committee on Wildfire Recovery will hold a public hearing online and via telephone to listen to survivors from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15.

“While we are seeing the welcome signs of a rebound, recovery is a long, slow and hard process. My House colleagues and I are eager to hear firsthand reports to help us understand both progress and ongoing challenges,” said Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, who represents southern Jackson County and is vice chair of the committee.

All members of the public are invited to share their stories.

“This is an opportunity for the Legislature to learn how we can best serve fire survivors and provide resources to aid in their recovery,” Marsh said.

Register to testify by internet at https://survey.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJ9BQFnnvQYvMR8.

Register to testify by phone by calling 1-833-588-4500.

Submit written comments by emailing them to hwrec.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov.