Remembering Almeda: A Statement from Mayor Sparacino

Published on September 08, 2021

Air Tanker Drop Near USCCP Along I-5 during Almeda Fire

The following is a statement from Mayor Sparacino recognizing the one year anniversary of the Almeda Fire. 

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Almeda Fire whose devastation forever changed the lives of our friends and family as well as our neighboring communities.

While the recovery and rebuilding phase continues, we want to recognize the efforts of all our first responders, community members, and local agencies who have come together to provide response services and recovery assistance. 

Multiple City departments answered the call on September 8, 2020 and continue to do so today.

  • Fire and Police departments answered the call at 11:04 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 and tirelessly worked to suppress the fire, went door-to-door assisting with evacuations, and battled the wind-driven fire throughout Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Central Point and Medford.
  • Public Work’s crews helped partnering agencies around the clock with traffic control and helped supply emergency power to the Talent Police Department.
  • Park’s crews helped put out hot spots along the Greenway and took preventative actions to prevent damage to U.S. Cellular Community Park.
  • Multiple City staff across our departments have been and continue to assist our neighboring cities and residents with recovery such as the coordination of housing opportunities for fire victims.

To say September 8, 2020 and the following days were hard is an understatement, but we came together then and have remained dedicated to recovery and rebuilding. 

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