Klondike
FIRE
175,258
acres
25.7 mi
W of Grants Pass, OR
90%
containment
UNKNOWN
Fire Start: Monday, July 16, 2018 12:43 AM PDT   ·   Last Updated: 3 months ago
Acres: 175,258
Location: 25.7 miles W of Grants Pass, OR
Resources: No known resources at this time.

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential



Incident Overview Updated: 3 weeks ago

The Klondike Fire is burning in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The fire started on July 15 from a lightning strike in the area of Klondike Creek about 9 miles southwest of Selma, OR.

The Klondike West fire is actively burning in the footprint of the 2002 Biscuit Fire and in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Portions of the fire are contained by previously burned areas including the Chetco Bar Fire of 2017.

The Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires were split into zones on Saturday, Aug. 18. The fires are now referred to as Taylor Creek Fire, Klondike Fire East, and Klondike Fire West.

Online Links

InciWeb: Taylor Creek Fire

InciWeb: Klondike Fire

Evacuation levels: http://bit.ly/joco-evac

Facebook: Taylor Creek & Klondike Fires

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
185
Size (Acres):
175,258
Containment:
90%
Estimated Containment Date:
Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)

Mixed conifer and hardwood timber stands interspersed with brush patches. Abundant snags and jackpots of heavy fuels.
Significant Events:
Fire activity consisted of continued smoldering and consumption of heavy fuels like logs and stumps.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Resources will focus on suppression repair and back haul of equipment.

Suppression repair will continue as opportunities and personnel are available. As of 1600 this evening 50% of assessed repair work on points such as drop points, heli-spots, heli-bases, and spike camps has been completed, as well as the repair of 61% of assessed fire line including hand line and dozer line as well as 89% of roads needing repair have been completed.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours:
No growth is expected through the period. Heavy fuels like logs and stumps will continue to smolder. Minimal smoke production will occur.

24 hours:
No growth is expected through the period. Heavy fuels like logs and stumps will continue to smolder. Minimal smoke production will occur

48 hours:
No growth is expected through the period. Heavy fuels like logs and stumps will continue to smolder. Minimal smoke production will occur

72 hours:
Even with drier weather forecasted relative humidity remains elevated and minimal fire behavior is expected as fuels remain moist.

Anticipated after 72 hours:
Near the end of the drying trend, there is low potential to see some creep in pockets of unburned fuel.
Weather Concerns:
Friday, Nov. 2: Precipitation occurred across much of the fire today with amounts ranging from 0.02" to over 0.10." Winds were generally light out of the SW.

Saturday, Nov. 3: High pressure will move across SW Oregon in between frontal systems Saturday, and likely to bring the RH as low as 30% for some portions of the fire throughout the day. Winds are not expected to be strong.

Sunday, Nov. 4: Rain is likely across the fire area with rainfall amounts in excess of .25 inches. Winds will be gusty out of SW up to 25 MPH on the ridgetops.

Looking forward: Cool offshore flow is likely to develop for much of the next week, bringing drier conditions. However, low November sun angles and persistent valley inversions will confine the driest conditions to the highest peaks and ridges.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning/natural
Date of Origin:
Sunday July 15th, 2018 approx. 10:45 PM
Location:
9 miles northwest of Selma, OR
Incident Commander:
Howard McGuire
Coordinates:
42.369, -123.86

Contact

Incident Contact
Klondike Fire Information
Phone: 541-618-2113
Hours: 7 AM to 8 PM Daily
Fire Unit Information
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd. Medford OR. 97504 Oregon
Medford, OR 97504