Springfield, Ore. – Firefighters on the Holiday Farm Fire welcomed another favorable day of weather Sunday. Calm winds and blue skies produced perfect working conditions that helped bump containment to 55 percent. The fire has not spread from its current footprint of 173,094 acres in seven days. The area will continue to turn from warm to hot over the next few days with an east wind component that is expected to stir fire behavior inside the interior of the fire. Residents and passersby can expect to see small columns of smoke within the fire’s interior over the next few days. These “smokes” pose minimal threat to crossing containment lines or threatening homes. Fire personnel are encouraging the public to not report these smokes to emergency services as they overload the system and create unnecessary response. Hazard tree and debris removal will continue along Highway 126, but local motor vehicle traffic will be allowed through with a pilot car along a 10-mile stretch between mileposts 28 and 38.
ODF Team 3 remains committed to the safety of the public and wildland fire personnel. All fire personnel are expected to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control for preventing the spread of COVID-19. To date, zero cases of COVID-19 have been reported on the Holiday Farm Fire.