MERLIN, Ore. -- Previously, the Taylor Creek and Klondike fires have been managed by one team. But as of 6 Saturday morning that has changed. There are now two teams working together to get these fires contained.
The Klondike and Taylor Creek fires are burning nearly 119,000 acres combined in Josephine County now putting Selma under a level 1 or ‘be ready’ evacuation zone.
"So in order to accommodate the work needed and the amount of supervision and logistics associated with an operation of that size the decision was made to bring in a second type 1 fire team," said PETER FRENZEN, a Public Information Officer for the Alaskan Interagency Incident Management Team.
Those two teams are the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 and the Alaska Interagency Type 1 Incident Management Team. The team from California has now taken command of the west sides of both of the fires.
“[This] means that these lines that have been worked on by our firefighters many of those firefighters are now under the supervision of the Cal 4 team and they are doing the same things that they were doing the day before. But they are also working on the strategies and tactics and the amount of resources being put into the plan are larger," added Frenzen.
The Alaska team does expect the winds and critical fire weather to lighten up as the week continues. Although these two fires burn more than 110,000 acres combined, not one home or building has been burned and not one firefighter has been injured. The teams will be holding a community meeting about the Klondike Fire at 6PM on Monday, August 20th at Illinois Valley High School in Cave Junction.