National Guard arrives to help on Holiday Farm Fire

The National Guard has arrived and will help at checkpoints.

Posted: Sep 11, 2020 1:17 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2020 2:46 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- On Friday, the Holiday Farm Fire saw some growth, but fire officials say conditions are favorable for firefighting.

The fire is now estimated to be 156,000 acres and is still 0% contained.

KEZI 9 News talked to Damon Simmons, the Oregon State Fire Marshal Team 3 spokesman.

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“We’ve got zero injuries to our fire crews, zero injuries to law enforcement and responders across the board,” Simmons said. “I can tell you that they're they're very tired and worn out, but they're still out there. They’re still healthy at this point in time and we're hoping to keep it that way.”

Simmons shared some good news: the National Guard has arrived. This comes after Commissioner Heather Buch put out a call for help.

“People will see them out at the checkpoints and what that does is it allows us to free up some of our law enforcement officers to patrol these neighborhoods where people are still evacuated," Simmons said. "It’s a huge priority for us to get people back into their homes and back into the areas where their homes are, but it's just not possible right now and it's just not safe.”

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