Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504
Klondike Fire Information
Hours: 7 AM to 8 PM Daily
Klondike Fire West Zone – Yesterday, fire activity was limited to smoldering and continued consumption of heavy fuels. Repair work on heli-spots, heli-bases, and spike camps has been completed, as well as 50% of the hand line and dozer line in need of repair. Camp crews in Gold Beach are dealing with muddy hose and wet weather. Staffing levels continue to be reduced because of the changing conditions and operational needs.
The heavy rain and high winds present a new set of hazards for the fire fighters which need to be mitigated before crews re-engage. With the heavy rainfall last night and forecasted weather, Division Supervisors are checking conditions on the roads to determine if it is safe and feasible to deploy fire resources today.
NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 7 will transition command of the Klondike Fire West Zone to NW IMT 8 (Incident Commander – Doug Johnson) this evening at 7 p.m. IMT 8 will manage the entire Klondike Fire with an Incident Command Post in Gold Beach and 2 fire camps located in Agness and Cave Junction.
Fire Weather/Fire Behavior: Heavy rain fell on the fire overnight as the strongest cold front so far this season moved across Southern Oregon. Much colder temperatures and showery weather to persist through Tuesday. Snow levels may briefly dip as low as 4,500 to 5,000 later tonight and into Monday morning, possibly bringing a dusting of wet snow to the highest elevations of the fire. Today will be another non-spread fire day. Although heavy fuels are still dry enough to support combustion, torrential rains have saturated all fine dead fuels in the fire area.
Evacuations: A Level 2 (BE SET) is in place for all residences in the area of Oak Flat Road, Old House Creek Road and all residents on the north and south sides of the Agness Road (3300) from the Illinois River Bridge to Coon Rock Bridge.
Klondike East Zone – All danger tree felling and log decking is complete. Firefighters are working to complete road repair.