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Taylor Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Taylor Creek Fire Information
Email: taylorcreekfire2018@gmail.com
Phone: 541-474-5305
Hours: 7 AM to 8 PM Daily

Highlighted Activity

09/20/2018 This Inciweb Site Will be Updated Weekly
Because of minimal changes in the status of the Taylor fire and the East Zone of the Klondike fire, this site will only be updated weekly. Most activity is on the West Zone of the Klondike fire, and..
News - 09/20/2018
Repair of contingency of alternate lines contructed during the suppression phase is ongoing. Heavy equipment is used to repair culverts.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires are burning in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Both fires were started by lightning on July 15.

The Taylor Creek Fire is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team led by Monty Edwards out of the Forest Service’s Wild Rivers Ranger Station in Cave Junction, and along with the East Zone of the Klondike Fire.

Taylor Creek Fire is estimated 52,839 acres and is currently 95 percent contained.

Work is approximately 50% complete to repair contingency and alternate lines that were constructed during the suppression phase. Repair activities include repairing culverts, grading heavily used roads, removing dozer berms and constructing water bars on steep slopes. Trees that pose an imminent or likely risk of falling onto roads are being felled and decked for later removal. The recovery of timber that was damaged during suppression efforts is also ongoing.

Bear Camp Road (23 road) is now open. Anyone who travels the road is asked to use reduced speed as there will still be heavy fire traffic on this narrow, windy road. All other road closures remain in effect.

No additional fire growth is expected on the Taylor Creek or the East Zone of the Klondike Fire as there are well tested fire-lines or recent burn footprints surrounding the perimeter. Residents of the Illinois River Valley may see small smoke columns rising from the fire area depending on the weather but they will be unburned islands torching out within the containment lines.

Fire information will be updated when major events occur. For information on the West Zone of the Klondike Fire see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5998/

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSunday July 15th, 2018 approx. 02:00 PM
Location10 miles west of Grants Pass
Incident CommanderOR-RSF T3 Team Davenport IC
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates42.528 latitude, -123.571 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size52,839 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 21st, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory), Brush (2 feet) and Timber (Litter and Understory). Dry fuels (both live and dead) are present across the fire area. Roots of live and dead trees are burning out and falling, creating hazards for firefighters and repair personnel

Significant Events

Minimal, Smoldering

No significant fire behavior on the Taylor fire during this reporting period

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to mop-up as necessary. Assess repair needs along the west flank of the fire. Suppression repair will be on-going on roads and dozer lines throughout the fire area.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal fire spread expected. Any growth that does occur will be to the southwest towards the Chetco Bar fire historical perimeter. Repair plan is being implemented across many divisions.

24 hours: Minimal fire spread expected. Any growth that does occur will be to the southwest towards the Chetco Bar fire historical perimeter. Repair plan is being implemented across many divisions.

48 hours: Minimal fire spread expected. Any growth that does occur will be to the southwest towards the Chetco Bar fire historical perimeter. Repair plan is being implemented across many divisions.

72 hours: Minimal fire spread expected. Any growth that does occur will be to the southwest towards the Chetco Bar fire historical perimeter. Repair plan is being implemented across many divisions.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Minimal fire spread expected. Any growth that does occur will be to the southwest towards the Chetco Bar fire historical perimeter. Repair plan is being implemented across many divisions.

Remarks

ICS 209 submissions will continue weekly.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Warm and dry weather continues, with an expected cooling trend beginning

during the upcoming weekend. Precipitation chances exist, but as of this writing

a wetting rain is not expected.