The McKenzie Firewood Program is a free firewood program for people affected by the Holiday Farm Fire and the local community. The Pure Water Partners (PWP) developed the program as an offshoot of our forest fuels reduction work with landowners. Inspired by similar programs in Wallowa and Jackson Counties, this program fills an unmet need in the community through assistance with home heating. We recognize that many McKenzie River residents lost outbuildings, woodsheds, firewood, and equipment in the fire, and cannot gather firewood at this time. Since December, PWP contractors have been hauling non-merchantable logs to a staging area in Suulutaaq’s log yard in Vida where they are bucked and split. The firewood is available for those in need and can be picked up or delivered to those who are elderly or unable to pick up the wood themselves. Partners include Eugene Water and Electric Board, McKenzie Watershed Council, Upper Willamette Soil and Water Conservation District, Suulutaaq, Brinks Land Improvement, and private landowners participating in the PWP.
Residents in need of firewood can reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following in your email:
- Full name,
- Contact information (email, phone, and address),
- Are you in need of firewood to heat your home due to impacts of the Holiday Farm Fire, barriers to physically obtaining wood, or inability to afford firewood at this time?
- Do you agree to use this wood for home heating and not reselling purposes?
- Number of cords requested,
- If you can pick up the wood or need it delivered, and
- If you need help with stacking.
If this is urgent and you are out of wood, please let us know and we will prioritize your delivery.