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Crews plan for the future as Holiday Farm Fire reaches 96% containment

As of Sunday, there are two, 20 person crews working on the fire.

Posted: Oct 11, 2020 4:58 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2020 7:17 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. --- Crews have been battling the Holiday Farm Fire for over a month now. As of Sunday evening, this fire is 96% contained. However, officials said it will not be fully contained for a few more weeks. 

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Officials said the number of personnel on the fire is being downsized.

Officials said crews will work carefully and diligently on the remaining sections of the containment line. As of Sunday there are two, 20-person crews working on the fire.

Incident Commander Joe Hessel said downsizing will continue as the fire reaches 100% containment.

"We've come close to reaching containment or other objectives like suspension and repair," Hessel said. "We scaled back our operations quite a bit."

Hessel said over the next week operations will move to local units, like those assigned at the McKenzie Ranger station.

He said they'll continue to work on the fire even after containment, to clear hazards from roads and look to possible re-forestation. They will also patrol the fire as fuel is expected to smolder for months. 

"We might call something contained because the perimeter is secure, but the interior of the fire may still have smoke and heat through the winter," Hessel said.

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