House lost due to a chimney fire at mile marker 18 in Dorena, Oregon.

In January 2020, a chimney fire destroyed a family’s home at the 18-mile marker, forcing them to leave the valley. (As of March 16, 2024, the property remains vacant.) Concerned about preventing future tragedies, community members united to link the community-based fire trailer group to the 911 system.

Originally named the Row River Exploratory Committee, this group evolved into the Row River Fire Response when they became a non-profit 501c3. They initially focused on connecting neighborhood water trailers to the 911 emergency system.  However, after four years of exploring various options they found the only legal, lasting, and cost-effective solution for fire and medical protection of forming a district.