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Holiday Farm Fire Grows to 105,000 Acres

Willamette National Forest

The Holiday Farm Fire has grown to 105,000 acres and encompasses an area of 164-square miles.

Officials say the fire is currently burning on both sides of Highway 126 and the McKenzie River. It continues to move west.

Evacuations remain in effect, impacting the communities of Vida, Blue River, Mohawk, Marcola, McKenzie Bridge, Leaburg, and Walterville.

In the latest fire update, officials say several roads blocked by fire and debris prevented a number of residents from evacuating on their own. After several roads were cleared, firefighters helped 46 people escape the evacuation zone Tuesday afternoon.

Credit InciWeb
Fire crews work to clear a roadway as residents are under a Level 3 evacuation order along the McKenzie River corridor.

Fire managers say rescue, evacuation work and road clearing continue throughout the area.

This story was updated Sept.9 at 9:00am and will continue to be updated as new information is made available.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.