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Fire Crews At Holiday Farm Fire Helped By Rain, Further Contain Blaze

Brian Bull

Rainy, cooler weather helped firefighters improve containment of the Holiday Farm Fire this weekend, which has consumed over 173,000 acres since Labor Day. It’s currently 14 percent contained, compared to 10 percent Friday.

Tom Fields of the Oregon Department of Forestry told KLCC Sunday night that the wet weather allowed crews to dig a line right up to the fire’s edge, which will help tremendously.  But Fields added the rains can also pose hazards.

"Like erosion, falling trees, loosening large boulders that could be rolling down where firefighters are working, where road crews are working," Fields explained. "So it’s kind of a balancing act to get in there, and get good line around, but also keep our folks safe.”

More stormy weather is expected later this week.  Fields adds a contingent of Canadian firefighters will join crews on the Holiday Farm Fire Monday. That’ll make for at least 1100 personnel.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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