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Feeding families, heroes in times of fire


May 17, 2023

Courtesy Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office

Firefighters work on the Holiday Farms Fire in September 2020.

Douglas Lowe was in Sweet Home in September 2020 when he had a "eureka" moment.

Following a career as a chef in California, Lowe was staying with a friend in the area while traveling Oregon, scouting possible retirement locations. While he was in Sweet Home, the Holiday Farm fire broke out and burned up the Calapooia Valley.

Lowe, 48, said he already had become more aware of the impacts of wildfires.

"I had a good friend who lost everything in the (2018) Paradise Fire, so it was kind of, like, starting to touch home, when your friends like that start losing stuff."

The Holiday Farm fire...

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