Springfield, Ore. – Hot and dry conditions persisted over the fire area yesterday and are forecasted again for today. Despite the weather conditions and more active fire behavior, the fire stayed in its same footprint, meaning no growth occurred. The fire has burned 173,094 acres. Firefighters continue to make steady progress and it is now 67% contained.
There are many hazards for firefighters on the line. The steep terrain is one of the biggest hazards they will face. Footing can be treacherous and there are frequently concerns of rolling rocks and other debris. Everyone is reminded of these hazards each day at their operations briefing.
Firefighters working on the night shift have focused on patrolling and extinguishing hot spots along Highway 126. While night shift has fewer resources assigned, their work continues to be vital in the continued progress. These firefighters begin their shift at 7:00 p.m. and work through the night.
With the hot and dry conditions today, visible smokes may be more prevalent. Many of these smokes are well interior in the fire perimeter and do not pose a threat. Please do not call 9-1-1 for fire activity occurring well within the perimeter. Firefighters will continue to work from the perimeter inward to find and extinguish visible smoke and other hot spots.
Many areas may remain closed indefinitely as land managers work to assess safety hazards resulting from the fire. Recreationists and others visiting the forest are encouraged to check for closure information before heading out.
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:
Road closures remain in place to help provide safety for the public and the firefighters. For information related to road closures and delays, please visit: www.tripcheck.com or https://www.oregon.gov/odot/Pages/Wildfire.aspx
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).