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BLUE RIVER, Ore. – Firefighters continue to make steady progress on the Holiday Farm Fire.
On Friday, fire officials said containment is up to 70%. The fire has not spread from its current size of 173,094 acres for more than a week despite some flareups inside the fire perimeter.
United Way of Lane County is one of many organizations raising money for wildfire relief efforts in our area.
If you would like to make a financial donation, click here to donate or mail checks with "Wildfires" in the memo line to the following address:
United Way of Lane County
3171 Gateway Loop
Springfield, OR 97477
The money is being allocated to local organizations that are working to help evacuees.
Fire officials said crews will benefit from slightly cooler weather on Friday and increased humidity over the weekend.
Highway 126 is back open, but Oregon Department of Transportation officials ask drivers to avoid the highway unless they are residents, first responders, or recovery personnel.
Many hazards remain in the fire area, including weakened trees, stump holes, ash pits and more. The speed limit is 45 mph between mileposts 28 and 38. Watch for fire equipment and personnel and do not park on the shoulder. Expect lengthy delays.
With hunting season beginning, fire managers are reminding residents that area closures remain in place.
At this time, firefighters are focusing on patrolling and mopping over the next several days. Crews are working inward to find hot spots and potential threats to the containment lines.
Fire officials said certain hazards are also providing a struggle for crews in the area. Steep terrain is one of the biggest difficulties. Footing can be treacherous and there are concerns of rolling rocks and other debris.
- Dashcam video from first night of Holiday Farm Fire
- A look at Highway 126 after the Holiday Farm Fire
A total of 630 people are currently assigned to the fire. Officials said they are following coronavirus-related precautions, and there have been no cases of COVID-19 tied to the Holiday Farm Fire.
Six minor injuries have occurred on the fire since it started Sept. 7. One person was injured by a fallen tree limb while working to clear roads in the fire area. The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment but his injuries were not life-threatening.
So far, one person has been confirmed dead in the fire area. More than 200 people reported missing have been found.
All evacuation notices have been canceled.