Springfield, Ore. – Today is a day of transition on the Holiday Farm Fire. As of 7:00 a.m. this morning, Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1, with Incident Commander Joe Hessel, has transitioned into command of the incident. This transition occurred after ODF IMT 3, Incident Commander Link Smith, spent 21 days assigned to the fire. Firefighting operations will remain the same, and a heavy presence of firefighters will remain in the area working on further containment.
The fire remains at 173,094 acres and is now 65 percent contained.
Road and area closures remain in place to help provide safety for the public and the firefighters. Before heading out, please remember to check the status of the area and the roadways.
Information for the Willamette National Forest can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/fire
Many hazards remain in the fire area. These include fire weakened trees, stump holes, ash pits and many more. Additionally, heavy equipment, trucks and other firefighting apparatus remain active in the fire area. Staying off the roadways and out of the fire area allows these resources to continue to be effective.
Firefighters will continue to work on detecting hot spots, patrolling fire line, and mopping up. In areas of the fire line that are secure, restoration work has begun. This includes constructing water bars on roadways and fire lines, and knocking down berms along dozer lines.
The weather forecast for today is similar to the forecast yesterday with hot and very dry conditions and light winds. Slightly cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity is called for this weekend. Smoke from the fires in California may move into the area today.
Smoke will be present within the fire perimeter for the foreseeable future. Firefighting efforts are concentrated on the perimeter which is being secured against further spread. Interior smokes located well within the perimeter should not be reported to 9-1-1.
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@face book.com).