SELMA, Oregon —
The lightning caused wildfire that began on July 15, 2018, continues to burn about nine miles from Selma in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The fire originated in the area of the Klondike Creek.
Fire Managers have broken this incident into three Zones: Taylor Creek Fire, Klondike East and West Fires.
The Klondike West Fire is burning in the footprint of the 2002 Biscuit Fire and in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Portions of the wildfire has also touched areas of the 2017 Chetco Bar Fire of 2017 burn scar.
There are currently 589 total personnel still working on this wildfire, along with 10 crews, five helos and 22 engines.
The following are closed to keep the public safe and integrity of firefighter safety.
- Roads are open but may close briefly as firefighters may need to do burnout operations for Forest Rd. 23 (Bear Camp Rd.) and South of 23 Road and east of the 2308 (Burnt Ridge) Roads.
- Agness area has been reduced to a Level 1 Evacuation (Be Ready).
Fire behavior was reported as moderate with flanking, backing and group torching.
It has burned about 154,663 acres of timber, grass and brush, as well as fallen dead material from a previous wildfire in the area. Crews have reached a 72% containment status.
Expected containment date is October 31, 2018.
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