Wildfire-ravaged community of Gates receives some relief from Marion County

Gates Mayor Ron Carmickle says a $50,000 check from Marion County will help put the city in a better position to recover and rebuild.

GATES, Ore — It’s been almost five months since wildfires devastated communities in the Santiam Canyon. 

Finally, a city on the verge of collapse got some relief. Last week Gates city leaders sent out an urgent plea for help and shared their desperation with us, saying the Beachie Creek Fire wiped out half of what was there and erased almost half the city’s revenue.

They warned us that Gates may not survive. They spent months meeting with elected officials and

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