MEDFORD, Ore. — Although the Taylor Creek, Klondike, and Miles fires continue to spread and trouble fire crews, some fires in Southern Oregon are nearing containment.
Here you'll find general updates on all ongoing fires, based on regular updates from the Joint Information Center formed by the cooperating fire, forestry and law enforcement agencies involved on all of these fires:
(Updated 08/14/18 at 4:30 p.m.)
TAYLOR CREEK FIRE (West of Grants Pass, Merlin)
48,247 acres with 45 percent containment. 986 personnel are still working on this fire. The Taylor Creek team has taken over command of firefighting efforts on the Klondike Fire as well. Estimated full containment by September 19, 2018.
Due to increased fire behavior and firefighting operations on the Taylor Creek Fire, Bear Camp and Peavine Roads remain closed.
The Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Taylor Creek Fire Emergency Area Closure Order 06-10-22-18-62 closes national forest lands near the Taylor Creek Fire for public health and safety. Effective July 19, 2018 through October 31, 2018, unless sooner rescinded. Detailed information and a map of the area closure are available here.
GARNER COMPLEX (North of Wimer)
8,886 acres combined across all remaining fires with about 87 percent containment. About 200 personnel are still assigned to this fire. Estimated full containment by August 10, 2018.
The local Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Southwest District took over command from out-of-area teams on Thursday as firefighting operations wind down across the Garner Complex. ODF crews will continue to seek out hot spots and finish final areas of containment over the coming days.
Level 1 evacuation notices will remain in place for all areas bordering the fires through the 2018 Fire Season or untl the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) decides otherwise. Due to ongoing fire operations throughout the area, the public is reminded to avoid fire areas and travel cautiously.
MILES, COLUMBUS, SNOWSHOE, ROUND TOP FIRES (Formerly Sugar Pine, South Umpqua Complex. Located northeast of Trail, northwest of Prospect)
44,996 acres combined across all fires with varying levels of containment. The Snowshow and Round Top fires are mostly contained, while containment is only beginning on the Miles and Columbus fires. 2,154 personnel are assigned to these fires. Estimated full containment by October 31, 2018.
An Emergency Road and Area Fire Closure has been issued by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. All portions of the Forest west of Forest Roads 68 near the northern boundary and all of 6640 are closed. This area is bounded on the south by BLM and private land, to the north and west by the Umpqua National Forest and to the east by open portions of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
The Umpqua National Forest has implemented emergency road and trail closures on the Tiller Ranger District because of the South Umpqua Complex. This closure order is a combination of roads and trails which had remained closed from last year’s fire season. With continued fire suppression operations, the closures are essential to allow for public and firefighter safety. In addition, this Forest Order includes previous closures on the Diamond Lake Ranger District and North Umpqua Ranger District to create a current and comprehensive list. More information is available here.
KLONDIKE FIRE (West of Selma)
55,248 acres with 15 percent containment. 569 personnel are assigned to this fire. Estimated full containment by October 31, 2018. This fire increased in size by more than 16,000 acres between Friday, August 9 and Monday, August 13.
Fire crews from the Taylor Creek Fire are transitioning to fight the Klondike Fire as the former becomes increasingly contained.
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has issued emergency area closures for the Klondike Fire. Be sure to check the Forest websites for information about current conditions.
NATCHEZ FIRE (South of Takilma, Obrien)
13,756 acres with 55 percent containment. 754 personnel are assigned to this fire (this no longer includes the Klondike Fire as part of the same command). Estimated full containment by August 31, 2018.
Per the Natchez Fire Incident Management Team, the community of Sunstar, California has been placed in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for two residences near the terminus of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and an evacuation warning for all residences accessed by the South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and all residences accessed by the Grayback Road north of the junction of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and Grayback Road which may result in temporary delays.
A closure order was issued August 5th, effective until the Natchez Fire is declared out. Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Natchez Fire Closure Area is prohibited. The Closure Area begins at the intersection of Forest Road No. 48 (Grayback Road), the Klamath National Forest boundary and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary.. Be sure to check the Forest websites for information about current conditions.
HENDRIX FIRE (Southwest of Ashland)
1,082 acres with 90 percent containment. 147 personnel are still assigned to this fire. Estimated full containment by August 31, 2018.
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Hendrix Fire Area Closure for the southern portion of the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District has been updated but a closure remains in effect. Detailed information and a map of the area closure are available at the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest website.
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