Springfield, Ore. Firefighters continue to make steady progress on containing the Holiday Farm Fire. Approximately 450 firefighters remain on the ground each day to patrol, mop up, and conduct suppression repair work. The fire remains at 173,094-acres and is 78% contained.
Firefighters have employed various pieces of technology to assist with the suppression effort. Each night, crews with handheld Infrared cameras grid along the perimeter, along Highway 126, and around structures to identify pockets of heat. Once they identify hot spots, engine crews move in to extinguish the heat. These crews have been working for the last several nights to help further secure the fire line. Fire managers have been monitoring an area on the northeast corner of the fire where it has been too dangerous to put firefighters into. This area is steep and has a lot of snags presenting overhead hazards. The fire has been creeping and smoldering in this area and is posing low risk to the fire line. Helicopters are being used to keep the fire in check by dropping water in the area as needed throughout the day. Smoke may be seen in this area, and fire managers continue to closely monitor it. Property owners who have been affected by the Holiday Farm Fire can now opt in for hazardous waste removal services. Property owners must sign a Right of Entry Form by October 16th. For more information or to access the form online, please visit: www.lanecounty.org/mckenziefire Many recreation areas and sites remain closed due to the fire activity. For information regarding Willamette National Forest closures, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/fire Information on Bureau of Land Management closures and other fire restrictions can be found at:
For fire information inquiries, call (541) 357-9729 or visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7170/. The Holiday Farm Fire Facebook page will also continue with updates (@holidayfarmfire).