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Klondike Fire

Unit Information

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504

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Klondike Fire Information
Email: Taylorcreekfire2018@gmail.com
Phone: 541-247-6789
Hours: 7 AM to 8 PM Daily

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10/19/2018 10/19/2018 Klondike Fire Update
Klondike Fire West Zone – Due to the reduced danger to homes, the Sheriff made an additional evacuation reduction yesterday. All residents on Spud Road west of the Illinois River will move from...
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Current daily fire update for Klondike and Taylor Creek Fires. More information is posted on our Facebook page for Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire Information.

Klondike West Zone: Unusually warm temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds across on Sunday, October 14 and caused a vertical column and spotting up to 5 miles to the northwest and a 5,000 acre expansion. The fire spotted into the North Fork of Indigo, both sides of the Illinios River and into Spud Creek resulting in 5,000 acres of new growth.

The Sheriff’s Office, in concurrence with fire officials, quickly made the determination that evacuations were appropriate for residents in the areas of Oak Flat, Spud Road, and along the 33 road in Agness and residents north of the Rogue River.

Northwest Incident Management Team 7 (NWIMT7) assumed command of the fire on October 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Fire crews and engines are working to construct and link together new and existing containment lines and construct firelines around the spot fires.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s five structural task forces that arrived Monday and have split into day and night shifts to ensure that all homes under evacuation are protected.

Klondike East Zone: An initial attack fire suppression group is in place to respond to any new fires on the Wild Rivers Ranger District. Repair work on Shan Creek Road will continue for 2-3 days. Work along the 25 Road and its adjacent spurs will continue for several weeks.

Evacuations: Effective October 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Evacuation levels will be reduced for the following location:

All residences on Spud Road on the west side of the Illinois River will move from Level 3 (GO) to Level 2 (BE SET).

Level 3 (GO) will remain in effect for all of Oak Flat Road and all residents south of the Agness (33) Road from the Illinois River Bridge to the Coon Rock Bridge.

All other areas currently in a Level 2 (BE SET) will remain in a Level 2 at this time.

Red Cross Resources & Information for Evacuees: First Baptist Church, 29755 Turner St, Gold Beach, OR 97444.

Area and road closures remain in place for public and firefighter safety. Please refer to the links below for road and area closures.

Forest Road 23 (Bear Camp Road) remains open to public traffic. However, it will be closed if firefighters need to conduct burnout operations to contain the fire. Personnel are prepared to burn south of the 23 Road and east of the 2308 (Burnt Ridge) Road to prevent the fire from moving north and west of that area.

Please use caution while traveling on all roads near the fire area. Many are narrow and winding and continue to be heavily traveled by fire personnel.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices

Bureau of Land Management (listed under Medford District:) https://tinyurl.com/BLM-OR-WA-FireRestrictions

History

The Klondike Fire is burning in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The fire started on July 15 from a lightning strike in the area of Klondike Creek about 9 miles southwest of Selma, OR.

The Klondike West fire is actively burning in the footprint of the 2002 Biscuit Fire and in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Portions of the fire are contained by previously burned areas including the Chetco Bar Fire of 2017.

The Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires were split into zones on Saturday, Aug. 18. The fires are now referred to as Taylor Creek Fire, Klondike Fire East, and Klondike Fire West.

Online Links

InciWeb: Taylor Creek Fire

InciWeb: Klondike Fire

Evacuation levels: http://bit.ly/joco-evac

Facebook: Taylor Creek & Klondike Fires

Air Quality: www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginSunday July 15th, 2018 approx. 10:45 PM
Location9 miles northwest of Selma, OR
Incident CommanderEric Knerr, Northwest Incident Management Team #7
Coordinates42.369 latitude, -123.86 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel652
Size173,359 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained72%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Mixed conifer and hardwood timber stands interspersed with brush patches. Abundant snags and jackpots of heavy fuels.

Significant Events

Active Uphill Runs, Flanking, Torching

Continued very poor relative humidity recovery in the upper elevations. Fire behavior moderated by dense stagnant smoke under a strong and persistent inversion. Fire activity consisted primarily of surface spread combined with torching and spotting; short runs in the areas exposed to sun and breeze.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Full Suppression remains the highest priority at this time. Fire Crews will emphasize direct line construction and mop-up on the spot fires and slop-over along the 2308 and 3577 roads. Crews will conduct a burnout operation in Division D along the 2308 road. Crews will also monitor and patrol for additional spot fires.

Suppression repair will continue as opportunities and personnel are available. As of 1900 this evening 43.8% of assessed repair work on points such as drop points, heli-spots, heli-bases, and spike camps has been completed, as well as the repair of 53.2% of assessed fire line including hand line and dozer line.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Surface spread with torching anticipated late into the evening due to poor relative humidity. Dense smoke expected in Agness and coastal communities.

24 hours:

Surface spread with torching and short uphill runs. Continued consolidation of any uncontained spot fires that remain. May become very active if the inversion breaks early in the day. Dense smoke expected in Agness and coastal communities.

48 hours:

Surface spread with torching and short uphill runs. Expect northern portions of the fire to become more active as southerly breeze becomes drainage-aligned. May become very active if the inversion breaks early in the day. Dense smoke expected in Agness.

72 hours:

Surface spread with torching and short uphill runs. Expect northern portions of the fire to become more active as southerly breeze becomes drainage-aligned. May become very active if the inversion breaks early in the day. Dense smoke expected in Agness.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Surface spread with torching and short uphill runs. Potential for northern portion of the fire to become very active as frontal winds increase in strength, possibly producing wind-driven runs and increased spotting distance. Effect of increased wind depends greatly on timing and quantity of moisture that accompanies the cold front.

Remarks

The incident moved into unified command with Oregon Fire Marshal Red Team at 2030 hrs. 10/15/18.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today, October 19: Unseasonably warm and dry conditions continue across the region, with temperatures in the 70s and relative humidities down into the 12-20% range for most of the fire. Light east winds are expected to increase some tonight, with gusts 15 to 20 mph developing on the ridges. Humidity recoveries tonight are expected to be poor, or even negative, for all but the valley bottoms.

Saturday, October 20: Moderate east winds gusting 15 to 20 mph are expected to slowly ease through the day. However, the east winds will result in even warmer and drier conditions, with temperatures possibly reaching 80 degrees for some portions of the fire. Relative humidity may briefly dip into the single digits due to the offshore flow, and humidity recovery is expected to be poor again Saturday night above valley bottoms.

Sunday, October 21: Unseasonably warm and dry conditions are expected to continue, but temperatures and relative humidity are expected to moderate slightly across the fire, with highs back in the lower to mid 70s and relative humidity around 15 to 20%.

Looking forward: A significant change in the weather pattern is set to begin Monday, as high pressure weakens and Pacific frontal systems approach the coast. Cooler, more seasonable weather is expected to develop by Monday, with a switch to onshore flow. South to southwest winds are expected to increase as the first front approaches for Tuesday. Some rain is possible Tuesday into Wednesday, along with increasing humidity. A stronger front, potentially with stronger winds and heavier rain, is possible later in the week.