FOREST

FIRE IN THE MCKENZIE RIVER VALLEY


Contextualizing the Holiday Farm fire.
By Eden McCall

[This story could be triggering for individuals with emergency trauma]



Map it Out:

Explore the Holiday Farm Fire

  • From East to West: From the pinned location where the fire ignited on the eastern edge of the burn, the burn perimeter extends west past Leaburg Dam. In some locations, the fire spread over 10 miles within an hour, driven by hot and dry east winds. The fire stopped spreading once those eastern winds calmed. The final burn perimeter ends only a thirty minute drive from Eugene, the third most populated city in Oregon.
  • Scope and scale: Within 72 hours after the first spark, the fire burned 170,000 acres — almost twice the Portland Metro Area. The fire grew west through the McKenzie River Valley, widening as it climbed up ridgelines to the north and south of Highway 126, which runs along the north bank of the McKenzie River. 
  • Seeing the structural damage: Red circles depict the 431 structures destroyed by the fire. Some buildings survived while those next to them did not. Satellite imagery shows what the structures looked like before Sept. 7. (GIS Data by Nick Seigal Senior GIS Analyst Lane Council of Governments (LCOG))
  • Comparing land use: A patchwork of public and private lands and of meadows, clear-cuts and forested areas are all visible by satellite imagery. [Click on the satelite thumbnail to the lower left]
  • One among many: Zoom out to explore the other fires that burned during the 2020 fire season.