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Fire Crews Prep Illinois River Road For High Winds

Firefighters have been working along Illinois River Road for quite awhile forming contingency lines and clearing brush.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 6:30 PM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 6:37 PM

SELMA, Ore. -- Firefighters have been working along Illinois River Road for quite awhile forming contingency lines and clearing brush. 

Public Information Officer Andy Lyon said crews are expecting high winds tomorrow and want to be prepared. 

“This kind of work has been on going up and down the line for days now, we are expecting some winds tomorrow, we hope our lines will be ready for those, if the winds do arrive and if they do push the fire toward the fire lines we want them to be as ready as possible," Lyon said. 

The Klondike Fire grew about 1,800 acres overnight. Lyon said the fire is moving in all directions and not in one specifically. 

"When you have this large of a perimeter, and it's inching outwards in all directions, that's where you get that 1,800 acres of growth in 24 hours," Lyon said. 

He also said if the smoke clears out, it could allow quite a bit of fire activity. 

Crews have also been working on burnouts between the Klondike and Taylor Creek fires so the two do not combine. 

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