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Two Weeks Later, Holiday Farm Fire Increasingly Contained

Brian Bull

More than two weeks after the Holiday Farm Fire erupted across the McKenzie Highway Corridor, fire crews are steadily gaining on the blaze.

Marcus Kauffman  of the Oregon Forestry Department is spokesman for the incident team. He says the weather’s more like fall now, the smoke has largely dissipated, and that’s all allowed better air support.

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Marcus Kauffman, PIO for the Holiday Farm Fire incident.

“Since the air has cleared, we’ve been flying a whole bevy of helicopters, and mostly just doing bucket drops," he told KLCC. 

"And what  those bucket drops do for us is  that they cool the flames, they slow its growth, and that gives our crews an opportunity to get in there and  build line next to it, because it’s a little cooler and it’s not going to move on us.”

Nearly a thousand personnel from 18 states and Canada are involved in reigning in the Holiday Farm Fire, as well as 120 National Guard troops.  

The Holiday Farm Fire’s consumed over 170,000 acres and caused one fatality.

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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.