Containment continues to progress on the Holiday Farm Fire. The 173,094-acre fire is now 75 contained. In addition to the 20 hand crews, 39 fire engines, 4 dozers, and 7 water tenders, there are another 18 pieces of heavy equipment assisting with the restoration work on the fire.
Suppression restoration work is occurring in many areas around the fire. This work is led by specially qualified personnel called Resource Advisors. The Resource Advisors on the fire determine areas that need special attention to prevent erosion, or return the area back to its pre-fire condition.
Besides the work that has already been detailed, there are other pieces of restoration planned. This work includes pump site repair, where stream beds are assessed and repaired if needed will occur. Roads that may have seen heavy use will be re-shaped and graded if necessary, and ditches will be cleaned of all debris to ensure they continue to function and minimize erosion on the roadways. These are a few examples of the work that is yet to be completed.
The additional heavy equipment onsite is used in concert with hand crew resources to complete this restoration work. Equipment that is not typical for firefighting are things such as road graders, excavators, log skidders, dump trucks, and numerous others. This equipment in vital in the repair effort.
Over the weekend, firefighters have seen more active fire behavior on some parts of the fire. This increase is due to the warm and dry weather pattern that has been sitting over the region. Firefighters were prepared for this activity and have taken action where needed to keep the fire within containment lines.
A reminder that several area and road closures remain throughout the area. These closures are subject to change as the need for them evolves. Please check with the appropriate sources prior to leaving for your trip.
Information for the Willamette National Forest can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/fire
Information on Bureau of Land Management closures 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).