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Film: After wildfire, a motel becomes a temporary refuge

Nearly 8,000 people lost their housing in Oregon’s Labor Day fires. Some are finally finding a home, for now.

 

On a late-summer day last September, wildfires swept across Oregon. Lanette and Steve Martin lived more than 20 miles away from Alma Alvarez and her three kids, but both families lost their homes that day.

This April, after months of struggling to find stable housing, both families found refuge at a motel in Medford. But neither family — nor the countless others who remain displaced in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley — has any idea where they’ll go from here.

Brandon Yadegari Moreno is High Country News’ climate justice fellow. Email him at [email protected] or submit a letter to the editor.

This film was supported by the Society of Environmental Journalists.