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Klondike Fire

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

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Klondike Fire Information
Phone: 541-618-2113
Hours: 7 AM to 8 PM Daily

10/09/18 Klondike Fire Update

Klondike Fire Wildfire
News – 10/9/2018

Klondike Fire West Zone

The Klondike Fire is holding at 167,423 acres and the fire containment remains at 72%. While some fire resources head home other types of resources and crews are still arriving. Today we have 470 firefighters assigned to the Klondike Fire. Thank you to the communities for your ongoing support during fire suppression and suppression repair. Firefighters will continue to restore hand lines, dozer lines and other disturbed areas back to their natural state.

Suppression repair work is in full swing and crews are making good progress. Northwest Team 12 is testing a new reporting tool referred to as the Suppression Repair tracking tool. Our Geographic Information System (GIS) team has been entering information on the status of repair work throughout the day and the system automatically updates every 5 minutes. As of 7:00am, Tuesday, October 9th, 38% of assessed repair work was completed on points such as drop points, heli-spots, heli-bases, and spike camps. The completed repair work of the assessed fireline, which includes handline, dozer line, and roads was 27.2%. Fire officials use this information to update agency administrators and to help determine, how much work remains and how many resources are still needed to complete the work.

Klondike Fire East Zone and Taylor Creek Fire

With fewer hours of daylight, higher humidity and lower temperatures, crews working on the repair projects on the east side of the Klondike Fire are having to adapt. Fog clinging to the treetops, particularly on north-facing slopes, has caused some fallers to move to other aspects until the fog clears. If the treetops are obscured, the fallers cannot see whether there is fire damage in a tree’s upper part of the stem or to the branches, which can significantly affect a tree’s direction of fall, or cause a top to break out sooner than expected. Fortunately, there are other jobs that aren’t so easily affected by fall weather conditions, such as debris piling. Stacking broken branches, slabs of bark and other woody debris into piles, which will be burned later in the year, can be done regardless of fog, rain or light snow. There is an art to building a pile that will burn well. Smaller branches go on the bottom of the pile and bigger debris is loaded on top. Finally, a sheet of plastic is anchored to the top of the pile, keeping the wood dry until the day comes when it can be burned. A dry pile burns quickly, reducing soil damage and the amount of soot in the air. Both hazard tree felling and pile building will continue throughout October, and perhaps longer, weather permitting.

Forest Service and BLM Land Safety Closures

Closures for both agencies are shown on the Klondike Fire Map, and formal closure orders are available: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest: The current BLM closure as of Sept 27 is displayed on Inciweb.

Key Statistics:
Acres: 167,423
Containment: 72 percent
Total Personnel: 470
Crews (20-person): 9
Engines: 13 Water
Tenders: 3
Dozers: 1

Klondike Fire Information Office: 541-247-6789
Inciweb – Incident Information System:
Air Quality Information, forecasts and guidance for minimizing smoke impacts:
Evacuations: No sites above Level 1.
Josephine County –
Curry County –

Burn Restrictions: Burn restrictions are in effect in most areas. Check with land management agency or fire district for specific restrictions.

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