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Sweet Lorane Community News, September 24, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 24, 2020
By Pat Edwards

Lorane firefightere, Pete Kersgaard, viewing the aftermath of the wildfire that burned between Carpenter’s-By-Pass and Territorial Roads. Photo by Shane Kronberger


Our community dodged another wildfire bullet again this week. At about 4:00 p.m. last Wednesday, September 23, high winds developed in our area. Apparently, a tree, located on private property situated between south Territorial and Carpenter’s By-Pass roads fell on some power lines which ignited a fire that quickly began to spread. Many of us were glued to the Lorane Facebook page and the various fire alert websites to get updated information as it happened. Neighbors close to the fire began loading their horses and livestock into trailers in case they needed to quickly move out of the way of the blaze which the winds were blowing towards Territorial. The fear was palpable, but soon, fire vehicles and Bruce McDonald’s big CAT which has already seen a lot of use in local fires, were seen heading for the site. Shortly afterwards, reports and photos of helicopters with buckets of water were seen flying over the community and we all rejoiced. Prayers went out on-line for rain which was already showing up as sprinkles coming from the west. Within minutes, reports began showing up that the rain had hit the area as a steady downpour. Although the fear was still present, we all began to feel that this was one battle that we were not going to lose.

Helicopter with bucket of water heading for the Lorane wildfire on September 23, 2020. Photo by Jessica Betts

During the duration of the fire, the administrators of the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page were busily manning the page in order to give family members of area residents and neighboring communities permission to join the page so that they could follow the progression.

The next day, the Lorane Rural Fire Protection District fire department released the following statement:

“With the help of North Douglas, Lane Fire Authority, ODF, air support and good ole Oregon rain, we were able to get a good knock down. (The) last unofficial estimate is around 10-15 acres in size. ODF will stay on scene mopping up hot spots overnight and possibly into tomorrow. We also have a dozer on site to create a fire line around the perimeter. Thank you to all of our supporting agencies for the quick response.”

The community was especially vocal in posting thanks to all who worked so hard to protect us. These thanks included in the many posts the following morning can be summed up by Karen Pidgeon.

“Heartfelt thanks to all who helped get the fire out, and everyone for their communications. After the weeks of fires and smoke and worry, this was a huge fear for everyone out here… so thankful for such a great community!”

Thank you, LRFPD and all those who helped with the fire, for taking such good care of us! It was a pretty scary time and we are so thankful that so many were prepared and able to get this fire out before it got started. Mother Nature was definitely on our side last night, too, but you are all our heroes.

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 7, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News ,
February 7, 2019
By Pat Edwards

By the time you read this, Jim and I will have returned from our 4-day visit to Anthem, Arizona to visit our youngest daughter, Kelly, and her husband Justin Fontaine. Since my submission deadline takes place while we are away, I’m submitting this short column ahead of time…

The gears have begun to turn on the proposed realignment of Territorial Highway between Gillespie Corners and Lorane. The Oregon Department of Transportation is proposing to pay Lane County $30 million over several years to take on the ownership of Territorial Highway which has, until now, been a state highway. Much of the proposed money will be used on a safety project to straighten the curves and widen our section of Territorial where there are no shoulders or areas suitable for passing the increasing number of bicyclists who ride it in the good weather months.

The county has already taken steps to outline a plan to survey a new alignment of the section that will include and address the long-term problem of the Stony Point curves and the geological shifting and sinking of the pavement itself. It’s long been a safety concern for all of us who drive that stretch on a daily basis… especially since trees were cut last year to make way for new power lines and the edges of the pavement leading up the hill are not protected by guardrails.

The Lane County Board of Commissioners was to meet last Tuesday to vote on the arrangement, but because I am writing this early, I won’t be able to include that information in this column.

Our own Karen Pidgeon, a professional artist who, with Alix Mosieur, gave us our beautiful mural, is one of 25 artists whose work is featured in the Eugene Love Show, a non-juried art exhibition that examines “the concept of love.” Karen’s piece, titled “Wolves at Play” is one of those being used to promote the event. You can visit the exhibit that will take place in downtown Eugene just off Kesey Square (located on Broadway and Willamette) in the lobby of the Broadway Commerce Building.

Here’s a reminder about some of the upcoming events I’ve mentioned in past columns:
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School: The Celebration of Life for former Veneta mayor, Sandy Larson; Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School.

Friday, February 15, from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.: The Eta Theta Rho Girls Club’s free Parents’ Night Out for Lorane and Crow parents… free childcare!

More details on both of these events can be found in my January 24, 2019 column that’s posted on my website at https://allthingslorane.com/category/newspaper-columns.

I hope you enjoyed your snow while Jim and I were enjoying our Arizona sunshine.