Springfield, Ore. – Many residents that have been under a Level 3 Evacuation (GO) since the night the Holiday Farm Fire started on Labor Day can now return to their homes. The area previously under a Level 3 Evacuation has dropped to a Level 2 Evacuation Notification (Be Set). For more information on current evacuation levels, visit www.lanecounty.org/mckenziefire for Lane County and www.linnsheriff.org/fire_live_updates_sept_2020/ for Linn County. Please continue to monitor cell phones, landlines, local media and official information sources for evacuation updates. Fire managers request that the public please avoid the area. Fire crews continue to make excellent progress around the 260-mile perimeter of the fire. Heavy mop-op operations are underway in several throughout the fire. While the terrain, combined with the recent thunderstorm showers, has posed challenges for fire crews to gain direct access to the fire’s edge, they are taking advantage of the cooler weather to tighten up fire lines and keep the main fire from spreading much further.
A primary focus today will be near and around HJ Andrews Experimental Forest just outside the northeast corner of the fire’s edge. Depending on weather, smoke and cloud cover, firefighters may be aided by a Type 1 helicopter capable of dispensing up to 3,000 gallons of water with each drop. A total of seven helicopters will be available throughout the fire area if needed.
Roads remain closed in the fire area and much of the Willamette National Forest (WNF) and Northwest Oregon District BLM. Road hazards include falling trees and rocks and debris. For more information on closures on the WNF visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices/?aid=61574
For more information on closures on the Northwest Oregon BLM visit: