Current situation

Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures webpage for the latest details at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

 Klondike Fire Update

      The Klondike Fire, currently estimated at over 172,000 acres, has been burning since July 15th, primarily on federal lands.  With the dry east winds and warm temperatures over the weekend, containment lines east of Agness were breached and the fire made a 5 mile run towards Agness. This breach burned over 2,000 acres Sunday and moved within 2 miles of Agness.
      Governor Brown invoked a conflagration and the Oregon State Fire Marshal Team (Yocum) integrated in Unified Command with the existing Incident Management Team on scene (Knerr).  Five taskforces of structure engines are on scene and evacuations are in place for residence around Agness. 
      ODF, through Coos Forest Protective Association, has been engaged since July.  Over the weekend, ODF added additional resources to support both day and night firefighting efforts.  Crews continue to battle numerous spot fires caused by east winds. No structures have been lost or damaged at this time. Evacuation orders are in effect.

Infrared map for the #KlondikeFire shows the area of high intensity growth to the west with a few additional spot fires. Fire crews and bulldozers were able to construct fireline around many of these spot fires and fire behavior was moderated Mon/Tues by the inversion.

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National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.


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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.

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