Jimmy's Oregon Fire Fund

In the late afternoon hours of September 8th, 2020 I was outside of my trailer near Phoenix, OR with a friend and watching the blackening sky towards the southeast and growing concerned as to what to do. A few minutes later I spotted a Jackson County Search & Rescue vehicle driving through the trailer park and began hearing loudspeaker announcements warning the residents to evacuate immediately. He stopped for a moment near where we were standing and asked us if we were evacuating and I initially commented that I had no where to go, to which he replied "Then you're going to die", very matter of factly and with little emotion. I immediately went inside the trailer looking around as I did so wondering what I should grab to take with me, then remembered my important papers and checkbook I had locked in the cabinet of my desk. I bagged those in a plastic grocery bag along with my prescription medicine bottles, stepped outside and locked my door, not fully realizing at the time it would be the last time I would do so. I left with that plastic bag and the clothes on my back. 

In the end, I lost everything, about 98% of what I owned, except for a few belongings I had stored at a storage place father away in Medford. In dollar value for replacement I lost around $17,500. 

I lost my 2002 29' 5th wheel travel trailer along with all my clothing, food, kitchenware, memento's from my long passed mother, all my tools, a 1993 Ford Explorer and a small 6 ' box trailer I had rebuilt last year. I also lost a side business of scrapping and recycling I had started last year and all the reclaimed salable material I had saved up to sell to the salvage yard. 

At this time I have a permanent place to live and have accumulated just enough clothing to get by and am safe. My more immediate needs from the funding are to replace my tools and my side business box trailer and to restart my scrapping and recycling business. I enjoyed it and it made me a little extra money periodically plus it kept valuable materials from going to landfill.  I hope you can help and many thanks.  Sincerely,  James
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