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23 Miles of Highway 126 Remain Closed As Crews Repair Fire Damage

Holiday Farm Fire

Highway 126 will remain closed to regular traffic for some time in the area of the Holiday Farm Fire. The 23-mile stretch between Leaburg Dam and milepost 46, east of McKenzie Bridge, is still very dangerous according to Jim Gamble with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

He said ODOT crews witness several hazard trees coming down each day into the highway.

“It is just unsafe due to the fire damage that came through. The fire damage was very hot and burned all the vegetation off. Loosened the soils and compromised all the root systems.”

Gamble said he’s hopeful later in the week they’ll be able to bring people through using pilot vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Lane County Sheriff has reduced evacuation levels from 3-go now- to 2-be ready in the McKenzie Highway corridor.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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