2019 FILE PHOTO - Fishing is foundational to the economy of the McKenzie River Valley. The pandemic presented its challenges that we are now past. Because of the fire, for decades things will look and feel different on the river. But thriving guide businesses and others coming to fish are vital components of the recovery.
The summer of 2020 had been exceptionally warm in the Willamette Valley and by Labor Day the forests all across Lane County and everywhere in Oregon were exceptionally dry.
It wasn’t extraordinary, we’ve had hot, dry . . .