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Santiam Canyon students still recovering from wildfire devastation

By Julie Sabatier (OPB)
Feb. 2, 2021 3:46 p.m.

Broadcast: Tuesday, Feb. 2

The sun looms over a cloud of smoke from the Santiam Fire near Gates, Ore., Sept. 9, 2020.

The sun looms over a cloud of smoke from the Santiam Fire near Gates, Ore., Sept. 9, 2020.

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It’s been five months since the Labor Day fires ripped through Oregon’s Santiam Canyon and residents are still in recovery mode. Angela Rasmussen is the principal of Santiam Junior/Senior High School. After the devastating fires, she set up a fund to raise money for students who lost so much. While most of their basic food and shelter needs are met, many lost personal possessions and a sense of safety. We talk with Rasmussen about her efforts to help students.

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