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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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Taylor Creek Fire Information
Email: taylorcreekfire2018@gmail.com
Phone: 541-474-5305

Highlighted Activity

08/20/2018 Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires Daily Update - August 20
Public Meetings:Cave Junction - Monday, August 20, 6 p.m at Illinois Valley High School, 625 E River St., Cave Junction, OR Agness - Monday, August 20, 6 p.m. at the Agness Community Library, 3905..
News - 08/20/2018
The Information Map for Monday, Aug. 20 showing the current perimeters of the Taylor Creek and Klondike Fire East.Image options: [ Full Size ]

For August 20

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 and Klondike Fires were split into zones on Saturday, Aug. 18. The fires are now referred to as “Taylor Creek and Klondike East Fires,” managed by the Alaska Incident Management Team out of Lake Selmac, and “Klondike West Fire” managed by California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 out of Gold Beach. CIIMT4 was called in to continue with the aggressive fight to fully suppress the fire. This will allow the Alaska Incident Management Team to focus its effort on controlling the southeast corner of the fire that is directly threatening the communities of Selma and Cave Junction.

As of the morning of Aug. 20, the Taylor Creek Fire is estimated 52,588 acres and is 79 percent contained. The Klondike Fire is estimated at 72,074 acres and is 28 percent contained. There are 951 personnel working on the Klondike Fire and 563 personnel assigned to the Taylor Creek Fire.

Extremely dry fuels and hot, dry weather have fueled the continued growth of both fires. Steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain combined with limited resources due to intense wildfire activity across the western United States has made suppression efforts a challenge. In addition, smoky conditions have limited the use of aircraft to suppress and monitor both fires.

Both fires have spread into and are actively burning in the scar of the 2002 Biscuit Fire, which has contributed to the western spread of the fires. The western edge of the Klondike Fire has now spread into the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and is bumping up against the burn scar from the 2017 Chetco Bar Fire, which fire managers are using as a natural containment line.

Taylor Creek and Klondike Fire East

The Alaska Incident Management Team is managing the Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire East.

Today will be another critical fire weather day, with temperatures climbing into the 80s, relative humidities falling into the high teens to lower 20 percent range, and northeast wind gusts of 20 mph or higher in the afternoon.

Firefighters working day and night have made progress, shown by a spike in containment on both fires today. Containment on the Taylor Creek Fire rose from 61 to 79 percent
Sunday while containment on the Klondike Fire increased from 15 to 28 percent. The Taylor Creek Fire remains at 52,588 acres while the Klondike Fire is now estimated at 72,074 acres, an increase of about 3,800 acres from Sunday.The most active burning occurred overnight Sunday on the southeast corner of the Klondike Fire East due to low overnight humidity recoveries. The fire filled in Hoover Gulch and the Fall Creek drainage and is now established on Fiddler Mountain and in the burn scar of the 2002 Biscuit Fire. The good news is that firefighters are hold the fire north of Babyfoot Road, which is being used as a control line. The fire continues to spread south and southwest, away from the communities of Selma, Cave Junction, Applegate, Murphy, Williams, Illinois Valley and the US Hwy 199 corridor. Fire managers are employing strategic firing operations to steer the southeast corner of the fire into the burn scar of last year's Chetco Bar Fire, which serves as a natural barrier due to the lower amount of available fuel. Elsewhere, firefighters are patrolling, mopping up and securing controls lines on the north and east sides of the Taylor Creek and Klondike East fires while also seeking out and extinguishing any visible smokes along the perimeter.

Bear Camp Road is now open after being closed for the better part three weeks due to falling trees, debris on road and damage to the road bed. The Josephine County Sheriff announced the opening effective at 5 a.m. on Sunday.

Taylor Creek and Klondike Fire West

The California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 is managing Klondike Fire West.

The fire line continues to hold along the west side of the Taylor Creek Fire as firefighters continue to mop up from Bear Camp Road to the Flat Top Road area. Brushing continued along the Flat Top Road to Chinaman Hat yesterday. The bulge in the fire's edge between Chinaman Hat and Bald Mountain, however, became more active yesterday due to clear air and drier conditions. The fire burned into Silver Creek to the confluence of the South Fork. A more indirect approach to the fire line construction may be needed now, and is being evaluated given forecasted weather for today and tomorrow.

The weather today is expected to be similar to yesterday's. Helicopters will once again be used today to help slow the spread of the fire in the bulge and patrolling will occur along Flat Top Road toward Chinaman Hat.

Crews are also preparing a contingency line along the Hard Scramble Road system to the Illinois River and south down the river. This line is a precaution in the event that it is needed in the future to corrall the fire and send it down to the Chetco Bar Fire burn.

The weather is forecasted to be warmer and drier today and tomorrow. Wednesday, the weather is anticipated to be damper along the coast with fog possibly as high as Agness.

An interactive map of current evacuation levels is available at http://bit.ly/joco-evac. Get emergency alerts at www.rvem.org.

Smoke Outlook

For the current smoke outlook for southwest Oregon and the Taylor Creek and Klondike fires, click here.

Forest Closures

The U.S. Forest Service has updated its closure in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Click here to read the new closure document and view the map.

Evacuation Advisories

There are several evacuation advisories in effect for Josephine County. Click here to view the evacuation map.

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 CommanderAlaska IMT (T. Kurth)
Coordinates42.528 latitude, -123.571 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel563
Size52,588 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained79%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 19th, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Fire is burning in grass, brush, and timber. Critically dry fuels - both live and dead - are present across the fire area.

Significant Events

Critical fire weather exists throughout the fire area, and the fire remains active, but is mainly burning interior. Areas of heat near control lines are showing as the smoke clears. Short uphill runs are possible where rollout has occurred, or spotting has found receptive fuels and an alignment with slope.

Outlook

Planned Actions

The California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (CIIMT4) will continue to hold, improve and mop-up along the west flank of the fire. On the northern perimeter, crews will implement mop-up standards and conduct suppression repair. Implementing suppression repair will also continue along the east flank. Crews will monitor interior pockets for spotting potential. Threats to Galice will be evaluated in preparation for reducing evacuation levels. The AKIMT will coordinate suppression efforts in Div. GG with CIIMT4.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Poor relative recovery and northeast winds will support fire movement within the burn perimeter. The fire will continue to clean up interior pockets of fuel.

24 hours:

Active fire behavior driven by low relative humidities and winds will continue to clean up interior pockets of fuel within the current burn perimeter. Isolated thunderstorms may develop Monday evening into Tuesday.

48 hours:

Elevated fire weather will continue. The fie will continue to clean up interior pockets of fuel where possible.

72 hours:

More moderate fire activity is expected due to higher minimum relative humidity values. Fuels will remain dry, and interior burning will continue, further reducing available fuels.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

more moderate fire behavior will be due to increasing relative recoveries, but remaining fuels will stay dry and available.

Remarks

The reported increased acreage is a result of interior burning. CIIMT4 (J.Kurth) is managing the West Zone.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

After gusty winds and moderate overnight relative humidity recovery this morning, winds gradually weakened through the afternoon. By early evening, winds will once again increase and become gusty throughout the rest of the evening. Consequently, relative humidity recovery will be poor to moderate through Monday morning. An upper level low will move into the region Monday, with elevated fire weather conditions continuing. The winds will remain northeasterly along with minimum relative humiditiesRHs in the upper teens to lower 20 percent range.