Fire managers working with the Holiday Farm Fire are asking for cooperation from the public in observing the various area and road closures for the fire area. In total, 173,094 acres make up the footprint of the fire. There are countless miles of roads and large areas of land that are closed to public access. With Highway 126 reopening and hunting season beginning on Saturday, members of the IMT are concerned about people entering the fire area.
“The fire and the preceding wind event have changed a lot of things across the landscape and added many hazards that weren’t there previously. Firefighters have worked to identify and mitigate many of these hazards, however, they still remain throughout the fire area.” said Incident Commander Joe Hessel, with ODF Team 1.
“We still have over 450 firefighters out working to secure fire lines against further spread, and we’re simultaneously beginning to address the potential for erosion on those same lines. It’s still a busy and complex environment and at this point, we’re just asking folks to stay out of the fire area. It’s for your safety and the safety of our firefighters.” continued Hessel.
Resource professionals have been assessing the overall effects of the fire on things such as infrastructure, which includes recreation sites, bridges, and roadways among others. This work will continue even after the fire suppression work is completed. Some areas may be closed for the long-term as land managers prioritize work to be completed and ensure public safety measures can be met. Closure orders are evaluated frequently and are subject to change. It is important to check the status of closures prior to leaving to visit the forest.
For information on the area closure for the Willamette National Forest please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/fire
For information on the Bureau of Land Management closures please visit:
Fire managers request that no one park on the shoulders of the road, avoid distractions and follow the newly reduced speed limit through the area. While the highway is open, most area roads will remain closed and travelers should not try to turn off and utilize these arterial roads.