SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A firefighter was injured Thursday battling the Holiday Farm Fire.
An official at the Incident Command Post said the injury is not life threatening but it is the first injury related to the fire. Officials did not release any more information on the firefighter's condition.
Rain and thunderstorms posed a challenge for firefighters on Thursday night. The night crew will be focused on the Southwest portion of the fire along Deerhorn Road and will be patrolling the south end fire lines. Officials said the main goal is to watch for hot spots.
Rain will help crews put out flames but it could also cause mud and rock slides. Public Information Officer for the Holiday Farm Fire Brian Richardson said if crews feel unsafe they are told to stop working.
“We always want to be focusing on making sure our people come here and go home,” Richardson said. “It’s knowing they have the right information for the weather and are ready to take the appropriate action.”
Utility crews are also suspending operations because of the fire. Only crews working on snagging operations along Highway 126 and Leaburg Dam operations will be allowed in the fire lines. This rule took effect at 6 p.m. Thursday and will stay in effect until 6 p.m. Friday.
Officials said this suspension could extend because of the weather.