Klondike Fire West Zone
The Klondike Fire remains inactive after last week’s rain event. Crews are continuing work on suppression repair of hand lines and dozer lines. Much of the suppression equipment like engines and water tankers have been removed from the fireline. All air resources have been released from the Klondike Fire but helicopters are available in Grants Pass should the need arise.
Firehose collected from the fireline is brought to Gold Beach for cleaning and rolling. Several miles of firehose will be collected and brought to the Agness camp then 7 trucks deliver two loads per day to Gold Beach. So far about 103,000 feet or 19 miles of firehose have been cleaned, rolled, stacked and returned to storage, ready for use on future fires.
The weather over the next few days is expected to be sunny with temperatures reaching 60-70 degrees later this week. We are moving into a warmer and dryer trend through the weekend with some wind gusts expected.
As the Klondike Fire continues to wind down and with minimal information changes, updates will be posted on a less frequent basis.
Klondike Fire East Zone and Taylor Creek Fire
Steady progress is being made on the east side of the Klondike Fire on making fire-damaged roads stable and safe once again. Crews falling hazard trees along the roadsides are nearly finished on the 2509 spur road and will move to the 2510 road later today. Road repair crews using graders, excavators and backhoes will complete projects today on Chrome Ridge and will begin moving equipment down the hill to their next project area. Other crews are making piles of woody debris and covering large machine-constructed debris piles. The piles will be burned later in the year. Forest Road 25 and spur roads off the 25 Road remain closed due to the extensive use of heavy equipment.
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: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices The current BLM closure as of Sept 27 is displayed on Inciweb.
Containment: 72 percent
Total Personnel: 450
Crews (20-person): 9
Water Tenders: 3
Klondike Fire Information Office: Taylorcreekfire2018@gmail.com 541-247-6789
Inciweb – Incident Information System: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5998/
Air Quality Information, forecasts and guidance for minimizing smoke impacts: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Evacuations: No sites above Level 1.
Josephine County – https://bit.ly/2uUku2C
Curry County – https://bit.ly/2PaNCLr
Burn Restrictions: Burn restrictions are in effect in most areas. Check with land management agency or fire district for specific restrictions.