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Funds launched for Southern Oregon wildfire relief

A local credit union and a Southern Oregon nonprofit have rolled out donation funds for Southern Oregonians who have been displaced and otherwise impacted by wildfires.

Rogue Credit Union’s Southern Oregon Fire Relief fund will match up to $50,000 in relief donations for people impacted by the Almeda and Obenchain fires, according to a Wednesday news release. Donations will go to the Southern Oregon chapter of the American Red Cross, are “designated specifically for assisting impacted families and rebuilding our communities” and are tax deductible.

Donors can contribute to the fund at any Rogue Credit Union branch, by calling any Rogue Credit Union branch, or online at roguecu.org/community/donate.

The United Way of Jackson County also launched a Fire Fund Wednesday that will be geared toward longer-term recovery for families impacted by the fire. The United Way will use an application process to cover direct expenses related to families’ losses.

To donate to the United Way fund, see unitedwayofjacksoncounty.org/give and choose “United Way Fire Fund,” mail a check to United Way, 60 Hawthorne St., Medford, OR 97504 or make a deposit at any First Interstate Bank to the United Way Fire Fund, account number 1000471001 and routing number 092901683.

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune A fire burns out of control off of Valley View Road on Tuesday.