the mckenzie fire

After the fire burnt his entire house and decimated the barn, all his fishing gear, a never-been-fished E.C. Powell bamboo rod and even his most special 1989 wood drift boat,  Jensen said he really had all he needed.  “I have my wife, my dog and my favorite fishing riffle is still out there on the McKenzie River,” he said.

The McKenzie Fire, Catch Magazine

The McKenzie Fire began on September 7, 2020 at 8:20pm and burned 173,094 acres along the Willamette National Forest’s upper McKenzie River forcing evacuations of the Vida, Blue River, Mohawk, McKenzie Bridge, Leaburg and Waterville.

Kelley Moen documents the impact of the fire on the people that live and work along the banks of “one of the most magical places on earth in this free essay in CatCh Magazine. Thanks to Moldy Chum for the find