Klondike Fire Officials Paying Close Attention to Winds

The Josephine County Sheriff raised the evacuation level to 1 today for some people near the Klondike Fire. This is because of slow growth on the south side of the fire and the unpredictability of an expected shift in the wind.

Posted: Aug. 16, 2018 8:17 PM

SELMA, Ore. -- The Josephine County Sheriff raised the evacuation level to 1 today for some people near the Klondike Fire. This is because of slow growth on the south side of the fire and the unpredictability of an expected shift in the wind.

It includes anyone living to the west of Redwood Highway between 8 Dollar Mountain Road to the California border.

Today crews are conducted prescribed burnout operations to create a wide buffer zone. PIO Peter Frenzen explained this means, “To remove the unburned fuel inside the fireline, so when the fire gets there, there’s a big black donut around the fire," he said.

Firefighters say the increased moisture in the air has been helping slow the growth of the fire. Still, they’re waiting to see what the shifting winds bring.

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