Firefighers douse brush fire in Holley


May 31, 2023


Sweet Home firefighters responded late Thursday morning, June 1, to a brush fire near Holley School, Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District reported.

SHFAD and Oregon Department of Forestry personnel responded 11:49 a.m. to the 40000 block of Crawfordsville Drive, where they found a fire actively burning in grass and brush near Holley School. The fire took about 30 minutes to contain, SHFAD reported.

Crews had to use a "progressive hose lay" to get to the fire. This technique involves rolling hose out and connecting it together, as they approach the fire on foot. As a precaution, the school district was notified that there was a fire near the school, but the school was never threatened by the fire. The fire size is estimated to be half an acre. It was caused by an electric fence, SHFAD said.  \

There were no reported injuries no structures were threatened. 

The fire district is reminding people that fuels in the area are very dry.

"We normally do not see fuels this dry until July," SHFAD said in a statement. "We understand that is only June 1, but with the lack of rain during May, the fuels are now cured and dry. We are also experiencing winds that can create rapid fire growth and make it difficult to put out. We ask that everyone please use extra caution with anything that may cause an accidental ignition to grass, brush or any vegetation. 


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