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FIRE, FAMILY & RECOVERY


Living in Limbo after the Flames
By Sam Scudder

Nurse practitioner Tia Cloke works at Orchid Health McKenzie, one of few health care facilities in the area of Blue River, a small community along the McKenzie River east of Eugene, Oregon.

Tia, husband Josh, and their three children, Mason, 9, and seven-year-old twins Noah and Addi had just a year earlier moved into a new home near the clinic, but it was damaged in the Holiday Farm fire of September 7th, 2020. The nearby clinic where Tia worked also burned.

After the Clokes’ home was made uninhabitable by the fire they received temporary housing in a nearby Eugene hotel. They lived there for a few weeks before buying a trailer, and they then moved into a trailer park while fire cleanup and repairs began on their home.

Unfortunately while the family was living in the park, they all contracted Covid-19, but eventually everyone recovered. They later moved the trailer to their own property along the river, and have lived there since while their fire-damaged home is being repaired.

They had applied for financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Red Cross, but were denied.

Despite that, they started rebuilding with disaster assistance from the county, and their own personal insurance. They continue living in the trailer next to their home while construction is underway, and hope to move back in before the end of this year.