by Sierra Larson
All evacuation orders for Lane County, Oregon related to the Holiday Farm Fire are cancelled, as of 25 September. As of 24 September, Oregon Department of Forestry reported that the Holiday Farm Fire is 35 percent contained. So far, the fire has burned neared 175,000 acres.
Lane County officials are gradually guiding residents back to their homes, with pilot vehicles leading caravans of residents through the previously closed evacuation zone September 25 through 27.
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) reminds residents that although the evacuation orders are lifted, roads remain closed for hazards and debris removal. Highway 126E continues to have many hazards and debris. Check Tripcheck for the most up to date road closure information.
Lane County Officials request residents returning to previously evacuated areas to avoid barricaded themselves in their homes. In the event you need assistance, emergency responders may not be able to reach you to help you if you have barricaded the entrance.
Be aware of hazards as you return to evacuated areas. Builds that suffered damage in the fire will likely contain many hazards, including toxic substances, asbestos, and falling debris. In order to protect the eyes, lungs, and skin, it is best to wear long sleeves and pants, gloves, goggles, and a mask when re-entering your home or business in the evacuation zone for the first time.
“Fire-damaged structures can be extremely hazardous and residents are encouraged to have professionals assess and assist with managing damaged areas once those areas are open for return,” Lane County Officials stated. The county officials have put together an informational website about how to safely return to your home or business.