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Crews Work to Keep the Taylor Creek Fire from Jumping the Rogue River

Today Fire Crews are working to keep the Taylor Creek Fire from jumping the Rogue River.

Posted: Aug 1, 2018 6:25 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2018 6:29 PM

MERLIN, Ore. -- Today Fire Crews are working to keep the Taylor Creek Fire  from jumping the Rogue River. 

One area of interest is the Northeast section, which is burning in Hellgate Canyon. This afternoon flames were slowly creeping towards the waters edge, with winds pushing them the other direction. 

Rich Tyler with the Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office says this is not concerning to firefighters, "As it burns down the hillside slowly, it actually burns back into what we call the black area, or the already burned area." 

What firefighters are concerned about is reducing the amount of fuels between the Taylor Creek Fire and the Rogue River. One way they can do this is by burning them, "Without it getting out of hand or without getting away from the control parameters that we give it," says Tyler. 

The Rogue River is a great natural barrier to the fire. Crews want to use it as an advantage to keep it from spreading farther Northeast.

One way it could spread is through embers flying through the smoke and onto the other side of the river to start a spot fire, "There have not been any of those reported as of right now, and we continue to keep a close eye on it," says Tyler. 

Fire crews are being staged along the road watching for any embers. They say the faster they can get this Northeast corner under control, the faster they can reopen the closed section of the Rogue River. 

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