Springfield, Ore. – Red Flag conditions have caused explosive fire growth over the past two days on the Holiday Farm Fire. Firefighters have been constantly moving as they conduct rescue operations, and try to hold the fire when it’s possible. The region, the state and the entire West Coast have been heavily impacted by fires. Resources are scarce at this time. The fire is estimated at 105,000 acres and zero percent containment.
The fire has burned through several communities. At this time, we can confirm that, despite the best efforts of firefighters, Blue River has been heavily affected with most of the structures destroyed. McKenzie High School, however, was saved. Firefighters were also able to save a majority of the structures in Vida.
Evacuations remain in effect impacting the communities of Vida, Blue River, Mohawk, McKenzie Bridge, Leaburg, and Walterville. The Lane County Sherriff’s Office is the lead agency for all evacuation-related information. Evacuation Level Notifications Defined. Level 3 means leave immediately! Do NOT take time to gather things. Level 2 (Be Ready) indicates there is significant danger to your area and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. Be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Level 1 means be aware of the danger that exists in your area and prepare for possible evacuation. The updated evacuation point is Thurston High School for those in Blue River and west of Blue River. Those east of Blue River should travel east to the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond (3800 SE Airport Way).