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Helicopters Do Several Bucket Drops Against Regional Wildfires

Marcus Kauffman
Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Heavy gusts and rain hit the region yesterday, which included the Holiday Farm Fire site. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on how the weather affected operations.

Despite gusts of up to 40 miles per hour, officials believe no flames were fanned or embers blown past the confines of the fire’s edge. Tom Fields of the Oregon Department of Forestry says that allowed incident managers to divert helicopters over to two neighboring fires that started Wednesday evening.

Credit Marcus Kauffman / Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
A large bucket is lifted out of a reservoir, with water to be dumped on the Holiday Farm Fire.

“We were sending one over to the Lorane area, and on its way, it made a couple bucket drops on the fire near Goshen.  And then continued to Lorane to help with that fire.”

An inch of rain also fell, which helped dampen the flames more.

Officials add that despite the rain, fire season is still in effect. Outdoor burning of debris is prohibited.

The Holiday Farm Fire is 35% contained, and holding at just over 173,000 acres burned.

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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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