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Wildfire cleanup crews begin ash and debris removal at Bear Lake Estates Mobile Home Park

​Press release issued by the Oregon Debris Management Task Force on January 19, 2021

JACKSON COUNTY – Oregon Wildfire Recovery has begun Step 2 of the Almeda Fire ash and debris removal at Bear Lake Estates Mobile Home Park in Phoenix, OR. Images and video of the work being completed are available.

Cleanup is occurring at a gated facility and access is limited due to safety concerns. No one is allowed on the site without an escort and safety briefing.

A media event is planned for Friday, January 22, 2021. Cameras will be allowed on-site and on-site interviews will be available. Media availability details can be found below.


In Step 2, ash and structural debris will be removed from private homes and business properties, including concrete foundations and other household and construction materials. A list of what is included in cleanup is available.

Once completed, the property will be ready for rebuilding. The property owner will receive a letter from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality stating that the property cleanup is completed.

Priorities The removal of ash and debris is being planned and coordinated to be completed as efficiently and safely as possible.

The Jackson County Debris Removal Taskforce, comprised of Phoenix, Talent, Jackson County and others has determined the priority areas for the cleanup schedule. These are:

  • Tier 1 Bear Lake Estates, 300 Luman Rd., Phoenix (200+ site mobile home park) Mountain View Estates, 333 Mountain View, Talent, (164 site mobile home park) Northridge Terrace, Northridge Terrace, Medford (mix of single, multi-family housing and mobile homes)

  • Tier 2 Barnum Subdivision, Phoenix, neighborhood including Barnum Drive., Arana Drive, Brandon Way, and Dano Drive.

Talent neighborhoods including Ganges Drive, Village Court., Creekside Way and Davidson Way and connecting roads to Rapp Road (mixture of single family, multi-family and apartments) Coleman Creek Mobile Home Park, Phoenix, 135 N. Phoenix Road (mobile home park).

Samuel Loop Subdivision, Phoenix, Samuel Lane Loop Road. (single family)

As FEMA continues to refine their plans and complete agreements with selected mobile home park owners, these priorities will likely change to clean up those mobile home parks where FEMA will place trailers for longer-term housing.

Media Availability

  • Friday Jan. 22, 2021 1:00 – 2:00 PM

  • Bear Lake Estates, 300 Luman Rd., Phoenix, OR

  • Media are asked to park vehicles outside the gated facility where you will receive a safety briefing and be escorted into the work zone

  • Limit 1 camera operator and 1 journalist per media outlet

  • All members of the press must wear pants, close-toed shoes, high-visibility vest and hard hat (PPE)

  • Appropriate social distancing and use of face-coverings required

  • Contact Kevin Alvarado to confirm attendance


  • Kevin Alvarado, Oregon Debris Management Task Force (DMTF) Email or call 505.353.1222

  • John Vial, Jackson County Email or call 541.621.4641


More information

Wildfire cleanup webpage:

Wildfire debris cleanup hotline: 503-934-1700 or

Highway travel conditions:

Oregon’s Debris Management Task Force, which includes the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, is coordinating federal, state, and local government agencies to clean up debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires.



Wildfire waste and debris removal

The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to remove hazardous waste, and ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires safely, efficiently, and as quickly as possible. The Oregon Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality and Emergency Management are leading the effort, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistance.

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