Springfield, Ore. – An overnight infrared flight of the Holiday Farm Fire revealed the new fire size at 170,637 acres, down by about 2,400 acres due to better mapping. The fire is now 17 percent contained. Firefighting personnel numbers are now at 985. Firefighting resources are beginning to grow as crews complete assignments in Oregon and other states, take a couple of days of rest, and then get re-assigned to fires like Holiday Farm. Crews working the fire represent 18 states and three provinces from Canada. Just over 100 Canadian firefighters from British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta arrived and received a briefing from ODF’s Type 1 team Sunday afternoon and headed to the fire line this morning. The National Guard is also assisting the firefighting effort with six 20-person crews working to improve fire containment lines on the west side of the fire.
Firefighters are doing all they can to strengthen containment lines and begin mop-up operations in key areas ahead of another weather system moving in Wednesday that will bring elevated winds out of the southwest. Rain is also expected later in the day on Wednesday.
Hazards along Highway 126 still exist. The McKenzie Highway remains closed between Leaburg Dam Road (mp 23.9) and McKenzie River Drive (mp 46.3). For more information regarding road closures and delays, visit https://www.oregon.gov/odot/Pages/Wildfire.aspx or www.tripcheck.com.
Level 1 and 2 evacuation notifications remain in effect for several communities within and bordering the fire area. 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.