Firefighting on East Zone of Klondike Fire Slows Down

Crews said the East Zone is in the mop-up and suppression repair stages.

Posted: Sep 2, 2018 4:51 PM

SELMA, Ore. -- Firefighting is slowing down on the east side of the Klondike Fire. Crews said the East Zone is in the mop-up and suppression repair stages. In a few days, the fire camp at Lake Selmac will disappear that's because the East side of the Klondike Fire is pretty much contained. In fact, crews have already begun downsizing the fire camp at Lake Selmac. Right now, there are a little over 100 personnel still there and by Tuesday they'll all be gone.

"We've gone in with heavy equipment and hand crews, pulled the debris back over those lines so they're not there so basically the forest can begin to recover. [This also] helps with erosion issues,” said Jeff Bouschor, operations section chief for Northwest Team 12.

Southern Area Red Team Incident Management Team 1 is still actively fighting the west side of the Klondike Fire. That is the side of the fire that's threatening communities like Agness in Curry County.

Crews said they are most concerned about areas just east of Horse Sign Creek. That's just north of the Chetco Bar Fire burn scar. That area is not contained and very steep. Firefighters will be utilizing aircraft to slow the fire. Smoke is visible from the community of Agness. Firefighters add this is expected and no homes are in danger yet. This fire is 106,308 acres and 40 percent contained.

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