During 2020’s Labor Day Fires, Commissioner Buch worked tirelessly with state and local government partners to keep East Lane County residents apprised of rapidly changing conditions. In the wake of the devastating fires, she secured $27.5 million from the Oregon Legislature and ensured the McKenzie region received critical CARES Act and American Rescue Plan funding to rebuild what was lost in communities like Blue River. 

To prepare for future disasters, Heather Buch is focused on improving the County’s electronic alert systems and adding additional fire alert cameras in our forests through a partnership with the University of Oregon.