Springfield, Ore. – Rainy weather continues to help suppression efforts on the Holiday Farm Fire east of Springfield. With some areas of the fire receiving as much as an inch-and-a-half of rain, the level of active fire on the landscape has dropped considerably. The fire remains 173,094 acres and 35 percent contained. Today’s firefighting activity includes continuing to build and improve hand and dozer fire line around the eastern third of the fire’s perimeter and ramping up mop-up operations on the remaining two-thirds.
Residents affected by the Holiday Farm Fire will be able to access their properties guided by ODOT pilot car caravans beginning today at 1:00 pm. Pilot car caravans for local residents will run between the road closure points, on the west end two miles east of Vida at milepost 27.55 to east of Finn Rock at milepost 38, one direction at a time. Through travelers should continue to take alternate routes.
While some damaged trees have been removed, ODOT says a second and possibly third round of tree removal will occur as more trees die from fire damage. Property owners may find that more trees will be removed over the next weeks and months.
Despite the rain and cooler conditions, fire season remains in effect. Outdoor debris burning remains prohibited and several other spark emitting activities are restricted. To assure a safe and clean burn of your piles this fall, cover a portion of the piles with plastic to keep it dry for easy ignition later. To learn about fire restrictions in your area please visit https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/restrictions.aspx.