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Phoenix, Oregon city manager shares insights on rebuilding after a wildfire

Pacific Northwest Wildfires
Noah Berger
In this photo taken by a drone, homes leveled by the Almeda Fire line the Bear Lake Estates in Phoenix, Oregon, on Sept. 15, 2020.

In September 2020, the Almeda fire destroyed nearly 2,600 homes in southern Oregon and killed three people. Like Colorado’s Marshall Fire, it was the most destructive in state history, driven by unusually fast winds through the towns of Phoenix and Talent.

We speak with Phoenix, Oregon city manager Eric Swanson to hear how his city’s fire experience could inform recovery efforts in Louisville and Superior.

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