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Klondike Fire Threatens 200 Year Old Ranch

The Klondike Fire burned dangerously close to a 200 year old ranch in Cave Junction. NewsWatch12's Sionan Barrett finds out what fire crews are still doing to protect it.

Posted: Aug. 20, 2018 11:18 PM
Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 11:21 PM

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore.- The Klondike Fire has already passed the McCaleb Ranch scorching the green area around it, its owners say they're still worried about the fire with so much of the season left ahead.

Boy Scouts have used this homestead turned campground since World War II. Bruce Mimnaugh has helped look over the property for decades and keeps scraps of newspapers and pictures for every fire that's been close to taking it down. He brought pictures that were taken last week at the ranch peaking over the Illinois River as the fire marched towards the house.

18 firefighters were sent to protect the property.

John Krawczyk says, "It's basically been saved but it might be a lot of work to bring it back."

But only 15 acres out of the 100 acre property are unburnt.

Krawczyk "It's pretty frustrating because not only are we living in the smoke, but we can't get out there, scouts can't get out there, no one can utilize the property."

This new video taken on a helicopter shows just how steep the terrain is on the Klondike Fire.

Fire crews mentioned at tonight's community meeting shifting winds will create even tougher conditions later this week.

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