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Active Wildfire Information: Updates on Southern Oregon & Siskiyou County Fires

Although the Taylor Creek, Klondike and Miles fires continue to spread and trouble fire crews, many fires in Southern Oregon are nearing containment. Here you'll find general updates on all ongoing fires.

Posted: Aug 13, 2018 3:44 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2018 11:21 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Although the Klondike Fire continues to spread west and trouble fire crews, some fires in Southern Oregon are nearing containment.

Here you'll find general updates on all ongoing fires, based on regular updates from the Joint Information Center formed by the cooperating fire, forestry and law enforcement agencies involved on all of these fires:

(Updated 09/8/18 at 11:30 a.m.)


TAYLOR CREEK FIRE (West of Grants Pass, Merlin)

52,839 acres with 95 percent containment. 79 personnel are still working on this fire. The Taylor Creek team has taken over command of firefighting efforts on the Klondike Fire as well. Estimated full containment by September 19, 2018. 

The Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Taylor Creek Fire Emergency Area Closure Order 06-10-22-18-62 closes national forest lands near the Taylor Creek Fire for public health and safety. Effective July 19, 2018 through October 31, 2018, unless sooner rescinded. Detailed information and a map of the area closure are available here.

For more specifics on firefighting efforts for the Taylor Creek Fire, CLICK HERE.


MILES, COLUMBUS, SNOWSHOE, ROUND TOP FIRES (Formerly Sugar Pine, South Umpqua Complex. Located northeast of Trail, northwest of Prospect)

The Miles Fire has burned 38,262 acres and is 62 percent contained. The Columbus fire has burned 10,609 acres and is 58 percent contained. 269 personnel are assigned to these two fires. The Snowshoe and Round Top fires are mostly contained, while containment continues to climb on the Miles and Columbus fires. Estimated full containment by October 31, 2018.

An Emergency Road and Area Fire Closure has been issued by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. All portions of the Forest west of Forest Roads 68 near the northern boundary and all of 6640 are closed. This area is bounded on the south by BLM and private land, to the north and west by the Umpqua National Forest and to the east by open portions of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

The Umpqua National Forest has implemented emergency road and trail closures on the Tiller Ranger District because of the South Umpqua Complex. This closure order is a combination of roads and trails which had remained closed from last year’s fire season. With continued fire suppression operations, the closures are essential to allow for public and firefighter safety. In addition, this Forest Order includes previous closures on the Diamond Lake Ranger District and North Umpqua Ranger District to create a current and comprehensive list. More information is available here.

For more specifics on firefighting efforts for the Miles Fire, CLICK HERE.


KLONDIKE FIRE (West of Selma)

129,444 acres with 51percent containment. 1,243 personnel are assigned to this fire. Estimated full containment by October 31, 2018.

Fire crews from the Taylor Creek Fire are transitioning to fight the Klondike Fire as the former becomes increasingly contained. While the eastern flank of the Klondike Fire is mostly contained, growth continues on the fire's western flank.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has issued emergency area closures for the Klondike Fire. Be sure to check the Forest websites for information about current conditions.

For more specifics on firefighting efforts for the Klondike Fire, CLICK HERE.


NATCHEZ FIRE (South of Takilma, Obrien)

30,109 acres with 70 percent containment. 388 personnel are assigned to this fire. Estimated full containment by August 31, 2018.

Per the Natchez Fire Incident Management Team, the community of Sunstar, California has been placed in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for two residences near the terminus of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and an evacuation warning for all residences accessed by the South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and all residences accessed by the Grayback Road north of the junction of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and Grayback Road which may result in temporary delays.

A closure order was issued August 5th, effective until the Natchez Fire is declared out. Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Natchez Fire Closure Area is prohibited. The Closure Area begins at the intersection of Forest Road No. 48 (Grayback Road), the Klamath National Forest boundary and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary. Be sure to check the Forest websites for information about current conditions.


HENDRIX FIRE (Southwest of Ashland)

1,082 acres with 90+ percent containment. 15 personnel are still assigned to this fire. Estimated full containment by August 31, 2018. Fire officials are no longer issuing updates on this fire as containment nears completion.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Hendrix Fire Area Closure for the southern portion of the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District has been updated but a closure remains in effect. Detailed information and a map of the area closure are available at the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest website.


RAMSEY CANYON (North of Gold Hill, Sams Valley)

1,971 acres with 85+ percent containment. 651 personnel are currently assigned to this fire. Fire officials are no longer issuing updates on this fire as containment nears completion.


HUGO ROAD (North of Grants Pass, Merlin)

199 acres with 67 percent containment. 140 personnel are currently assigned to this fire.


Evacuations

For complete and updated evacuation orders in Josephine County prompted by the Klondike Fire, visit our article HERE.

For complete and updated evacuation orders in Jackson County prompted by the Ramsey Creek Fire visit our article HERE.

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