Fire Officials Concerned Klondike and Taylor Creek Fires Will Combine

The 23,460 acre fire is burning just two and a half miles away from Selma. That's enough to have crews worried.

Posted: Aug. 3, 2018 6:25 PM
Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 6:25 PM

SELMA, Ore. -- The 23,460 acre fire is burning just two and a half miles away from Selma. That's enough to have crews worried. Level 1 or ‘Be Ready’ evacuation levels are issued for communities west of Highway 199 between Lakeshore Drive and Waters Creek Road.

"We were unseasonably hot and dry. The fuels that were up there from the grasses to the large logs and things like that, they're still very dry and they are susceptive to burn," Pacific Northwest Team #3 Information Officer Bill Queen said.

Crews have been back burning when they can to hold the fire line. Just like the crews on assigned to the Taylor Creek Fire. It isn't far away either. That brings another huge concern.

"The Taylor fire on the south and the Klondike fire on the north are slowly working towards each other. I know that last evening suppression forces on the Taylor fire also did some burn out operations and we're working together to then try to tactically and strategically keep those fires apart," Queen added.

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