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Fire Crews Work To Circle Holiday Farm Fire Before Heavy Gusts

Brian Bull

The Holiday Farm Fire is now 27% contained. Fire crews are hopeful that rains that’ll come in tonight – and last through Saturday – will help them further control it. But high sustained winds today may complicate things.

Before the rain, heavy sustained winds of 20 miles per hour – with gusts up to 40 miles per hour – are expected.  These can stoke flames or carry loose embers beyond the containment lines, and possibly cause new fires.

Credit Brian Bull / KLCC
A firefighter uses a drip torch to start small, controlled fires that'll deprive the Holiday Farm Fire of fuel if it advances.

Tom Fields of the Oregon Department of Forestry said crews are focusing on the eastern edge in efforts to complete a ring around the Holiday Farm Fire.

“Still a lot of unburned pockets within the interior of the fire, that could even burn throughout the winter but pose no risk as it’s still contained within that ring. So our ultimate goal is to get a fire trail around the entire fire and make it as secure as possible.”

Nearly 500 homes and businesses have been destroyed since the fire broke out on Labor Day.

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