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10/01/18 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 1, 2018 - 9:32am
Klondike Fire West Zone Recent rain and cooler temperatures reduced fire activity yesterday. Firefighters monitored locations of concern in the fire area and observed smoke only in the area of Breezy Creek near Montana Spring. Cool, damp weather is expected to continue, with rain showers predicted for this afternoon. Air quality is expected to remain good. Yesterday firefighters located a trail into Indian Flat and continue to mop up along Indigo Creek. There was no fire growth yesterday in the Horse Sign Creek area. No fire movement is anticipated today based on weather conditions. Today, crews will improve the BLM road 35-9-1 north of Brown’s Gulch as a check line, continue mop up operations along Burnt Ridge Road (2308), and repair areas impacted by fire suppression activity on the west side of the fire. Forest Road 23 (Bear Camp Road) remains open to public traffic. Travelers are urged to use caution when traveling in the fire area due to slippery...

10/01/18 Klondike Fire Smoke Outlook (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 1, 2018 - 7:44am
Smoke Outlook for 10/01 - 10/02. SW Oregon - Klondike and Taylor Creek Fires. Special Statement This is the final Smoke Outlook to be published for the Klondike Fire. Fire The Klondike Fire is 72% contained and 167,033 acres. Fire is most active at the confluence of Indigo Creek and Illinois River, Snail/Slim Creek drainages, Little Silver Creek, and Montana Springs. Smoke Today The cooler, wetter weather has moderated smoke generated from the fire. Air quality will continue to be good, with some afternoon peaks into the moderate range around the Agness area. Smoke Tomorrow Conditions are expected to remain cool and humid tomorrow, and into the week. Heavy smoke and poor air quality attributable to the Klondike fire is unlikely from this point forward. Areas should continue to experience good air quality.

09/30/18 Klondike Fire SPANISH Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 30, 2018 - 11:18am
Incendio Klondike. Zona Oeste El dia de ayer y durante la noche, el area del incendio recibio aproximadamente de uno a tres decimas de pulgada de lluvia. Las condiciones mojadas disminuiran poco a poco. Sin embargo, el dia de hoy permanecera fresco, con vientos Sur-Suroeste que podrian traer rafagas de viento mas alla de 10 mph. Los bomberos se daran a la tarea de verificar las areas exactas donde la precipitacion se dio y su efecto sobre la materia de combustion. El dia de hoy los bomberos continuan enfocandose en el acercameinto del fuego hacia el Norte de la carretera Bear Camp (23), al Oeste de Chrome Ridge y arriba de Horse Sign Creek. Asimismo, se continua el monitoreo de un decimo de acre de terreno donde se logro detectar y a la vez controlar un inicio de fuego al Norte de Indigo Creek, exactamente en la parte baja donde se une con el rio Illinois. En las lineas de fuego que ya no son necesarias, se continua con la labor de reparacion de caminos y la proteccion del suelo. El...

Terwilliger Fire Update September 30, 3018 (Terwilliger Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 30, 2018 - 9:47am
Southern Cascades Interagency Incident Management Team Incident Commander, Neil Miller Incident Commander Trainee, Dirk Rogers September 30, 2018 - 9:00 A.M. Public Information Phone: (541) 822-8216 Available 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Special Announcements: McKenzie Ranger District fire crews have successfully completed their recent prescribed burns. The public is asked to respect the road and area closures for protection to themselves and firefighters. Please refrain from entering the closed areas. The Terwilliger Fire Area Closure implemented August 30th, 2018 by The Willamette National Forest, remains in place. The Area is being patrolled and enforced. Public and firefighters remains safety remains the priority directive. Active fire and fire suppression operations continue on the landscape. Forest Service Road (FR) 19 and Terwilliger Hot Springs (also known as Cougar Hot Springs) are within the Terwilliger Area Closure. They remain closed due to unsafe conditions from gravity fall...

09/30/18 Klondike Fire SPANISH Smoke Outlook (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 30, 2018 - 9:20am
Fuego El fuego Klondike está contenido en un 72% y tiene un tamaño de 167,033 acres. El fuego está más activo en la unión del río Illinois e Indigo Creek, el drenaje de Snail/Slim Creek, Little Silver Creek y Montana Springs. Humo Hoy El fuego recibió un cuarto de pulgada de lluvia durante la noche. Mientras que el fuego producirá humo, los niveles de calidad de aire y el impacto del humo será mínimo hoy. La mayoría de las áreas permanecerán bajo “Buenos” niveles de calidad de aire. Vientos predominantemente del suroeste moverá el humo que se genere hacia el área de Merlin, Grants Pass, y Agness. Humo Mañana Se espera que las condiciones continúen siendo frescas y húmedas mañana, con la posibilidad de lluvia. Los vientos del suroeste continuarán moviendo el humo hacia el área de Merlin, Grants Pass, y Agness, pero el impacto será moderado. La mayoría del área tendrá buena calidad de aire gran parte del

09/30/18 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 30, 2018 - 8:18am
Klondike Fire West Zone The Fire area received from one to three tenths of an inch of rain yesterday and through the night. Damp conditions will decrease as the system exits. It will still be cool today, with a south-southwest wind that could gust above 10 mph. Firefighters will be checking their work areas to verify where rain actually fell and its effects on local fuels. The Fire’s proximity to the Bear Camp Road (23) in the north, west of Chrome Ridge, and above Horse Sign Creek continue to receive focus today. Firefighters continue to monitor a 1/10-acre spot fire that was detected and suppressed yesterday north of Indigo Creek, just above its confluence with the Illinois River. Road repair and soil protection continues on firelines that are no longer needed. Suppression containment lines are not expected to be challenged today. Cool, humid conditions should last several days before a return to warmer, dryer conditions next week, which will allow fuels to dry again. There is...

09/30/18 Klondike Fire Smoke Outlook (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 30, 2018 - 8:06am
Fire The Klondike Fire is 72% contained and 167,033 acres. Fire is most active at the confluence of Indigo Creek and Illinois River, Snail/Slim Creek drainages, Little Silver Creek, and Montana Springs. Smoke Today The fire area received about one-quarter of an inch of rain overnight. While there will be smoke generated in the fire, levels and impacts should be slight today, with most areas remaining at good air quality levels. A predominate Southwest winds will move the smoke that is generated into the Merlin, Grants Pass, and Agness areas. Smoke Tomorrow Conditions are expected to remain cool and humid tomorrow, with some showers possible. Southwest winds will continue to move smoke into the Merlin, Grants Pass, and Agness areas, but impacts are expected to be moderate. All areas should experience good air quality for most of the

09/29/18 Spanish Update for Klondike Fire (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 29, 2018 - 12:07pm
Incendio Klondike. Zona Oeste Por la tarde del dia de ayer, la inversion del humo se levanto, mejorando la calidad del aire en Agness y en la zona del Incendio Klondike. El tamano del incendio crecio aproximadamente 3,300 acres. El fuego continua acercandose a la parte Norte de la carretera Bear Camp (23), moviendose hacia al Este cerca de Chrome Ridge y quemandose hacia el area Oeste de Horse Sign. Todo el crecimiento del incendio permanece entre las lineas de contencion de supresion. Los bomberos lograron mantener el fuego en la parte inferior de la carretera Burnt Ridge (23080 y en el area Sur de las lineas de verificacion cerca de Chrome Ridge. Tambien limpiaron la linea directa de contencion que conecta el camino 150 al Norte de Indigo Creek y la confluencia del Rio Illinois. Asi mismo continuan con la reparacion de supresion en las carreteras y lineas de fuego en las areas mas alla de donde se encuentra la actividad del incendio. El dia de hoy, tan pronto como las nubes sigan...

09/29/18 Spanish Smoke Outlook for the Klondike Fire (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 29, 2018 - 12:06pm
Fuego El fuego Klondike está contenido en un 72% y tiene un tamaño de 167,033 acres. El fuego está más activo en la unión del río Illinois e Indigo Creek, el drenaje de Snail/Slim Creek, Little Silver Creek y Montana Springs. Humo Hoy Las condiciones atmosféricas han cambiado, temperaturas mas frescas y húmedas se han situado sobre el área del fuego. El viento será del suroeste, moviendo un poco de humo hacia los drenajes en el área este de del río Rogue, y hacia el área de Grants Pass y Merlin. Agness puede ver un poco de humo en la tarde, pero las condiciones serán mucho mejor que en lo pasados días. Los vientos del suroeste pueden también mover el humo de los fuegos en el norte de California hacia el área de Medford y Ashland. Humo Mañana Se esperan condiciones continúen siendo frescas y húmedas mañana. Los vientos del suroeste continuará moderado, mientras que la actividad del fuego disminuya por los cambios en los patrones

Smoke Report for Klondike 09/29/18 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 29, 2018 - 8:55am
FireThe Klondike Fire is 72% contained and 167,033 acres. Fire ismost active at the confluence of Indigo Creek and Illinois River,Snail/Slim Creek drainages, Little Silver Creek, and MontanaSprings. Smoke TodayWeather changes have occurred and cooler, more humidconditions have settled over the fire area. Winds will be fromthe Southwest, moving some smoke into Eastern Rogue Riverdrainages and into Grants Pass and Merlin. Agness may havesome afternoon smoke, but conditions will be much improvedfrom the past few days. Southwest winds can potentially movesmoke from Northern California fires into the Medford andAshland areas. Smoke TomorrowConditions are expected to remain cool and humid tomorrow.Southwest winds will continue to move smoke into the Merlin,Grants Pass, and Agness areas, however impacts should bemoderate as fire activity will likely lessen with the changingweather

September 29, 2018 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 29, 2018 - 8:41am
Klondike Fire West ZoneThe smoke inversion lifted and air quality improved over Agness and the Klondike Fire area late yesterday afternoon, allowing use of helicopter water delivery and reconnaissance opportunities before dark. The fire grew approximately 3,300 acres. It continues to approach the Bear Camp Road (23) in the north, move near Chrome Ridge to the east, and burn in the Horse Sign area on the west. All fire growth remained within suppression containment lines. Firefighters held the Fire below the Burnt Ridge Road (2308) and south of check lines near Chrome Ridge. They mopped up the direct containment line that leads to the 150 Road north of the Indigo Creek / Illinois River confluence. They also continued suppression repairs to roads and firelines in areas away from the active fire. Cool, damp conditions will prevail today as clouds cover the ridges. Spotty, scattered showers are expected to decrease fire behavior, but, in general, the dry fuels will lag behind the air and...

Terwilliger Fire Update September 29, 2018 (Terwilliger Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 29, 2018 - 8:11am
Southern Cascades Interagency Incident Management Team Incident Commander, Neil Miller Incident Commander Trainee, Dirk Rogers September 29, 2018 - 9:00 A.M. Special Announcements: The public is asked to respect the road and area closures for protection to themselves and firefighters. Please refrain from entering the closed areas. The Terwilliger Fire Area Closure implemented August 30th, 2018 by The Willamette National Forest, remains in place and is strictly enforced. Safety of the public and firefighters remains priority directive. Active fire and fire suppression operations continue on the landscape. Violators will be prosecuted Both Forest Service Road (FR) 19 and Terwilliger Hot Springs (also known as Cougar Hot Springs) are within the Terwilliger Area Closure. They remain closed due to unsafe conditions from gravity fall hazards including rocks, debris and fire weakened trees. The closure begins at the junction of FR 410 south to Box Canyon The McKenzie River District is...

September 28, 2018 Spanish Smoke Report Klondike Fire (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 28, 2018 - 11:58am
FuegoEl fuego Klondike está contenido en un 72% y tiene un tamaño de 163,724acres. El fuego está más activo en la unión del río Illinois e Indigo Creek, eldrenaje de Snail/Slim Creek, Little Silver Creek y Montana Springs.Humo HoyLas condiciones continúan siendo secas y favorables para que aumente laactividad en el fuego. El viento es del suroeste, moviendo un poco de humohacia los drenajes en el área este de del río Rogue, y hacia el área de GrantsPass y Merlin. Agness continuará experimentando niveles de humo dañinospara la salud. El viento del suroeste también moverá el humo del fuegoNatchez hacia el área de Medford y Ashland.Humo MañanaSe esperan condiciones secas, temperaturas mas frescas y un aumento en lahumedad comenzando hoy al anochecer. La inversión que mantiene el humoatrapado el los valles y en Agness se comenzará a romper, moderando losniveles de humo. Vientos provenientes del suroeste continuarán moviendo elhumo hacia Merlin, Grants Pass, y Agness....

September 28, 2018 Spanish Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 28, 2018 - 11:50am
Incendio Klondike. Zona OesteEl dia de ayer, se dio un aumento en el tamano del incendio Klondike de 4,300 acres debido a la presencia de una capa pesada de humo causado por el efecto de inversion (cuando temperaturas incrementan con la altitud). La mayor parte del fuego se extendio cuesta arriba hacia el Noreste del interior de varias areas en el Oeste de Chrome Ridge tales como Browns Gulch, Breezy Creek y al Este de la bifurcacion de Indigo Creek. Las bases de lineas de chequeo, han logrado minimizar la actividad del fuego en direccion Norte. Estas lineas se encuentran en caminos ya existentes. Por encima del area de Horse Sign Creek al Sur de Agness, se observo un movimiento lento de fuego a su alrededor y en la parte inferior de la ladera. Sin embargo, el fuego no represento una amenaza para las lineas de contencion por lo que no fue necesario el cierre de carreteras o iniciar acciones agresivas para la suppression de incendio. Desde hace dos semanas, no se ha requerido llevar a...

Emergency BLM Closure for the Klondike Fire 09/27/18 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 28, 2018 - 11:12am
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land ManagementEMERGENCY CLOSURE OF PUBLIC LANDS: Josephine County, OregonAGENCY:Bureau of Land Management, Medford District, Grants Pass Resource AreaACTION:Temporary closure of public lands in Josephine County, Oregon.SUMMARY: Pursuant to 43 CFR 9212.1, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is giving notice that public lands south of the Galice/Bear Camp/23 road down to Brown's Gulch are closed to all unauthorized entry, effective immediately. This closure will remain in effect until the Taylor Creek/Klondike Fire is declared controlled, or until such time as the Grants Pass Field Manager determines public entry is safe. This closure affects public lands within the perimeter of the Taylor Creek/Klondike fire area, administered by the BLM through the Grants Pass Field Office of the Medford District, and is specific to BLM lands and routes only. Please see attached map.This order allows the use of roads at the discretion of the Incident...

September 28, 2018 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 28, 2018 - 10:17am
Klondike Fire West ZoneUnder a heavy blanket of smoke caused by the inversion, the Klondike Fire grew about 4,300 acres yesterday, mostly spreading uphill to the northeast in interior areas west of Chrome Ridge such as Browns Gulch, Breezy Creek and the East Fork of Indigo Creek. Check-lines based on existing roads are slowing the Fire’s northward spread. There was slow movement around and down the hillside above Horse Sign Creek south of Agness. The Fire did not threaten containment lines and it was not necessary to close roads or initiate aggressive fire suppression actions. No deliberate ignitions have occurred in nearly 2 weeks as firefighters seek to keep the burned area as small as possible. They have been able to balance monitoring the Fire’s slow spread toward prepared containment lines with holding and slowing the fire more directly in its current location. A new containment line closer to the Fire is being completed and improved to reduce potential spread near the...

Terwilliger Fire Update September 28, 2018 (Terwilliger Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 28, 2018 - 9:31am
Southern Cascades Interagency Incident Management Team Incident Commander, Neil Miller Incident Commander Trainee, Dirk Rogers September 28, 2018 - 9:00 A.M. Special Announcements: The Terwilliger Fire Area Closure implemented August 30th, 2018 by the Willamette National Forest, remains in place and is strictly enforced. Safety of the public and firefighters remains priority directive. Active fire and fire suppression operations continue on the landscape. Violators will be prosecuted. Please refrain from entering the closed areas. Both Forest Service Road (FR) 19 and Terwilliger Hot Springs (also known as Cougar Hot Springs) are within the Terwilliger Area Closure. They remain closed due to unsafe conditions from gravity fall hazards including rocks, debris and fire weakened trees. The closure begins at the junction of FR 410 south to Box Canyon. The public is asked to respect the road and area closures for protection to themselves and firefighters. The McKenzie River District will...

Smoke Report for Klondike Fire 09/28/18 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 28, 2018 - 9:01am
Fire The Klondike Fire is 72% contained and 163,724 acres. Fire is most active at the confluence of Indigo Creek and Illinois River, Snail/Slim Creek drainages, Little Silver Creek, and Montana Springs. Smoke Today Conditions continue to be dry and favorable for fire activity today. Winds will be from the Southwest, moving some smoke into Eastern Rogue River drainages and into Grants Pass and Merlin. Agness will continue to experience unhealthy air quality and smoke. Southwest winds will move smoke from the Natchez Fire into the Medford and Ashland areas. Smoke Tomorrow Conditions are expected to be dry, with cooler temperatures and increased humidity moving in this evening. Inversions that have trapped smoke in valleys and in Agness will start to break apart, moderating smoke levels. Southwest winds will continue move smoke into the Merlin, Grants Pass, and Agness areas. Potential exists for smoke from the Natchez Fire to impact Provolt, Medford, and Ashland

Update on Dark Canyon Prescribed Burn (2018 Umatilla NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 28, 2018 - 8:54am
With the extended dry period and no rain, the Pomeroy Ranger District’s Dark Canyon Prescribed Burn is continuing to creep and smolder in steep timber stringers. On Sept.11, District Fire and Fuels Management staff, with the assistance of Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other agency employees, ignited a 1,750-acre prescribed fire. The objectives were to reduce down and ladder fuels components in steep timbered stringers and enhance big game habitat on both Forest Service and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Service lands. Night time higher relative humidities and lower temperatures have aided prescribed fire personnel in keeping everything under containment and within the prescription of the burn. The prescribed burn did spot in a couple of areas outside the original prescribed burn boundary last weekend due to the lower humidities and higher temperatures. Fire personnel have been successful in catching and holding...

September 27, 2018 Spanish Update for Klondike Fire (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 27, 2018 - 1:00pm
Incendio Klondike. Zona Oeste A pesar de que el aire continua siendo seco, el dia de ayer se pudo observar la presencia pesada de humo estancado en la mayor parte del area del Incendio Klondike. La actividad del fuego se vio reducido en areas criticas debido a que la persistencia del humo en los valles produjo sombra en las partes inferiores del fuego. Aun sin la presencia de vientos fuertes, el tamano del incendio aumento en 2500 acres como consecuencia de terrenos empinados y material de combustion seco y disponible para el incendio. La mayor parte del crecimiento del incendio se dio en la zona de Browns Gulch y Montana Spring en el interior de las lineas de contencion. El fuego se ha extendido en la parte Norte hacia la carretera 23 en la cabecera Oeste de la bifurcacion de Indigo Creek. Debido a las condiciones del humo, fue imposible realizar la labor de los helicopteros el dia de ayer. Se espera que el dia de hoy sea completada la construccion de una linea de contencion directa...

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