Holiday Farm Fire

Firefighter battling the Holiday Farm Fire. Photo from inciweb. 

LANE COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – Some residents of Lane County can return to their homes Sunday after evacuation levels for the Holiday Farm Fire were lowered in several areas.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office announced the following evacuation changes Sunday morning:

  • The Level 3 “GO NOW” evacuation notice for Highway 126 from Camp Creek Road to McKenzie Ranger Station, including connecting roads, is now at Level 2 “BE SET.”
  • The Level 2 evacuation notice for Highway 126 east of the McKenzie River Ranger Station to the junction of Highway 126 and Highway 20 (Santiam Junction) has been downgraded to Level 1 “BE READY.”

The sheriff’s office said while evacuation levels are lowered, Hwy 126 remains closed by ODOT between Leaburg Dam Road at milepost 23.9 and the west entrance of McKenzie River Drive at milepost 46.3 for safety, response, and repair work.

Residents returning to their homes in downgraded areas are asked to avoid barricaded locations for their own safety. Additionally, fire-damaged structures can be extremely hazardous and residents are encouraged to have professionals assess and deal with damaged areas once those areas open for return.

While residents can return to their homes, the sheriff’s office wants to caution those in Level 2 zones that “BE SET” still means to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice, so additional preparations should be arranged for their homes, livestock or other animals if an area is upgraded to Level 3.

The Holiday Farm Fire is 14% contained and has burned 173,025 acres.

The Lane County information page of the Holiday Farm Fire is available here.

Lane County's non-emergency call center for residents affected by the Holiday Farm Fire is adjusting its hours to 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting on Monday, Sept. 21 due to a decrease of call volume. 

People with properties near the fire's perimeter with questions about their property or other questions about the fire can call 514-682-3977. 

Those affected by the Holiday Farm Fire can also call helplines offering emotional and disaster stress support  or visit the Graduate Hotel for in-person support through Lane County Behavior Health:

  • Emotional Support Line: 1(800) 923-HELP (4357)
  • Disaster Stress Helpline: 1(800) 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. This line is available in 100 languages, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • In-person crisis support with Lane County Behavioral Health: The Graduate Hotel (66 E. 6th Ave Eugene), Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For additional information resources from Lane County, visit lanecounty.org/mckenziefire.

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