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Holiday Farm Fire Update for October 7th

Holiday Farm Fire Information: (541) 357-9729 (7am—8pm)
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7170/ email: [email protected]

With containment objectives nearly complete and a weather pattern change approaching, the incident management team in charge of the fire will be reorganizing the number and type of resources necessary to work into the future.  Staffing of the fire will continue, however, many of the crews, engines, aircraft, and other resources are preparing for their release over the next two or three days.  Some of these resources will be headed home for well-deserved days off, while others will be transferred to other fires around the nation. 

Members of the community can expect to see a smaller fire camp footprint as resources are released and the support requirements become less.  In the next several days, many of the pieces of fire camp will also be released.  This includes many of the amenities that have been using the Bob Artz Memorial Park, and other Springfield School District facilities including the Thurston Middle School and Thurston High School.    

Firefighters continue to grid for heat and mop up smokes along the perimeter and around structures and roadways.  Suppression repair work also continues to be an important focus for crews.  With the weekend rains predicted, crews are working to ensure water bars are completed. The fire remains the same size at 173,094-acres and is now 80% contained.

Today is the last day for warm and dry conditions for a while.  Fire behavior is expected to diminish as a more seasonal onshore weather pattern develops over the area.  The Incident Meteorologist is expecting a marine layer to push over the area tonight, meaning increased clouds and potential for fog at lower elevations on the fire. 

The US Forest Service Burn Area Emergency Response team (BAER) and the Bureau of Land Management Emergency Stabilization and Restoration group (ESR) continue to conduct their assessments of the fire area.  This process aids in the planning for activities that will help to stabilize soils and begin rehabilitation efforts across the federal lands. 

Many parts of the closure orders may remain in place pending assessment by land management agencies and landowners.  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:

https://www.blm.gov/alert/fire-closures-and-fire-restrictions

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).

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