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Local fires: Latest acreage, evacuations and closures

Hendrix Fire (Courtesy: Mark Grissom)

The latest information regarding the local fires burning in southern Oregon and northern California. This information will be updated daily, if applicable.

Taylor Creek Fire: Acreage: 52,839, 95% Contained

UPDATE: Sept. 10th, 3:00 p.m.

Effective at noon on September 10, 2018, those with valid permits and/or authorization may travel on Bear Camp Road. Bear Camp Road remains closed to general public travel due to Klondike Fire activity.Bear Camp Road (Forest Road 23) is the most common route traveled for the shuttle drivers for Wild and Scenic Lower Rogue River visitors, providing a shorter alternative to the Highway 199-to-Highway 101 route. The current closure includes the Peavine Road system. Exceptions for through traffic have been provided for the following:

· Residents of Agness and Galice, Oregon, may continue to use the road to access their residences and will be asked to provide photo identification at checkpoints.

· Traffic associated with recreational activities on the Wild portion of the Wild and Scenic Lower Rogue River is allowed to continue using Bear Camp Road.

· Those who work at Black Bar Lodge are allowed access to the lodge via Bear Camp Road.

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UPDATE: Sept. 3rd, 10:00 a.m.

As of Monday morning, the Talyor Creek Fire is 100% contained. Some structure protection continues in Agness, and a Red Flag Warning will remain in effect until 11 a.m. today, Monday.

Current Evacuation: Level 2 "Be Set" for Agness zone.

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UPDATE: Aug 30th, 2:00 p.m.

The evacuation level in the Agness Zone is 2 - Be Set.

Community Meeting: A community meeting will be held in Agness tonight, August 30, at 5 p.m., outside the Agness Community Library, 3905 Cougar Lane, Agness, Oregon.

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The Josephine County Sheriff's Office has announced a Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notice. This is for all residences on the west side of US Hwy 199 between Eight Dollar Mountain Road and the Oregon/California border.

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UPDATE: Aug 13th 5:15 p.m.

Josephine County Sheriff's Office is issuing a downgrade from a Level 3 “GO” status to a Level 2 "BE SET” for residences on Galice Creek Road from 287 Galice Creek Rd to 1750 Galice Creek Rd.

Level 2 “BE SET” to a Level 1 “Be Ready” for Galice Rd from 11741 to 12303 Galice Road, 1450 Peavine Rd and 3003 Peavine Rd.

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UPDATE: Aug. 9th 1:00 p.m.

Evacuation Level Change from a Level 2 "BE SET" status down to a Level 1 "Be Ready" for residences from 6755 Galice Rd - 11411 Galice Rd & 600 Taylor Creek Rd.

Evacuations are listed here.

Latest Meeting:

Natchez Fire: (15 miles southeast of Cave Junction, OR, and 3 miles south of the CA/OR State Line) 32,398 acres, 77% contained.

UPDATE: Sept. 10th, 3:00 p.m.

Happy Camp, CA – Aerial resources will monitor fire activity and the containment lines on the west side to ensure the fire remains east of El Capitan ridge. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up along on the eastern flank. Fire suppression repair work will continue throughout the week.

Evacuations: Evacuation Warning notices are in place for three private in-holdings northwest of Happy Camp. Changes in these evacuation notices can be obtained directly from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The community of Sunstar remains in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status.

Closures:

Happy Camp/Oak Knoll RD, Klamath NF.

Wild Rivers RD, Rogue River - Siskiyou NF.

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UPDATE 09/06/18 12:45 p.m.

Happy Camp, CA – Hot and dry conditions continue with light westerly winds in the afternoon and occasional gusts up to 20 mph. Critically dry live and dead fuels and unstable atmospheric conditions may contribute to the formation of increased fire growth where abundant fuel exists.

Today, fire managers will continue to use air resources to keep the fire from crossing the mountain passes to the west. Monitoring for hot spots and mop up will continue along the eastern and southern firelines.

Evacuations: Evacuation Warning notices are in place for three private in-holdings northwest of Happy Camp. Changes in these evacuation notices can be obtained directly from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook

The community of Sunstar remains in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status. Changes in these notifications can be obtained directly from the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office Facebook

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Community Meeting: Thursday, August 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall in Happy Camp

Evacuations:

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Level 1 - Sunstar community in Del Norte County, CA.

(8/13) - Evacuations Orders have been issued to residents occupying the area south of the Natchez Fire, near the terminus of the South Fork Road (National Forest System Road (FSR) #17N32, which includes an additional residence in the South Fork of Indian Creek.

On August 1, 2018, SCSO issued an Evacuation Warning for all residents occupying structures accessed by the South Fork Road (FSR #17N32) and the Grayback Road north of the junction of the South Fork Road. The warning was issued as a precautionary measure and is still current (in effect).

The warning area has been expanded to include all residences on or accessed from the Indian Creek/Grayback Road from the intersection with Dolittle Creek, north to West Branch Campground.

Closures

The Rogue River-Siskiyou and Klamath National Forests have issued an emergency area closure for the Natchez Fire.

Miles Fire: (Prospect & Trail, Oregon) 53,653 acres, Containment: 65%

[UPDATE: Sept. 19th 12:00 p.m.]

Located approximately seven miles northeast of Trail, Oregon, the Miles Fire is 54,134 acres as of Tuesday, September 18th with containment at 70%.

Agencies from the Umpqua and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest continue to lend a hand in fighting this fire. Work on the Snowshoe fire is near completion and personnel and equipment are being reallocated to the Miles Fire.

There are still public use fire, road, and area restrictions in place. Travelers are advised to check with Umpqua National Forest and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest for current information on specific roads and areas.

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[UPDATE: Sept. 10th, 3:00 p.m.]

Fire suppression repair will continue to focus on restoring dozer lines and handlines to a more natural state and to prevent sediment runoff from impacting fish-bearing streams.

Hazard tree felling teams will continue to work along roadways, ensuring safe firefighter access. These efforts will also contribute to safe operations for the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team and for the public after the incident concludes. The BAER team will arrive on Monday, begin analyzing post-fire conditions, and take emergency stabilization actions to prevent loss of critical and natural resources.

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[Update - September 3, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.]

Miles: 35,770 acres/ 56% Contained

Columbus: 10,239 acres/ 56% Contained

Snow Shoe: 3,816 acres/100% Contained

Round Top: 154 acres/ 100% Contained

Total fire acreage: 49,979 acres

Although the smoke has been clear for a few days, the fire remains active, and varied hazards exist within the perimeter. The public is urged to remain outside the fire area.

[Update - August 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.]

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[Update - August 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.]

Due to progress made by crews fighting the Miles Fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is further reducing evacuation levels in the Trail and Prospect area. All areas of the Miles fire currently under level 2 evacuation will be reduced to level 1 as of 6 p.m. today.

There will still be a roadblock on Elk Creek Rd restricting traffic to allow residents and fire personnel only. The danger to homes in the area has diminished, however for the safety of fire crews the traffic restriction is still necessary.

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Update: Aug. 17 at 11:30 p.m.] As of 6:00 p.m. today, all areas of the Miles fire currently under level 3 evacuation are reduced to level 2.

Level 3 "Go":

There are no level 3 evacuations associated with the Miles fire.

Level 2 "Be Set":

Trail: Elk Creek Road, 5700-block through 18,000 -block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, upper section (uninhabited); Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses.

Level 1 “Be Ready”:

Trail: Highway 62, 26300 through the 31600-block (odd numbers only); Elk Creek Road, from Highway 62 through the 1600-block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, 200-block; the uninhabited area west of West Branch Elk Creek Road, including Morine Creek Road, Buck Rock, and the upper Lewis Creek drainage; Takelma Drive, all addresses; Cole M. Rivers Road, all addresses; north side of Lost Creek Lake (uninhabited, accessed by Takelma Drive).

Prospect: Lewis Road, all addresses; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road, all addresses; Shelly Lane, all addresses; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses.

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[Update: Aug. 15 at 11:35 a.m.] Due to progress made by crews fighting the Miles Fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is further reducing evacuation levels in the Trail and Prospect area.

The following is a complete and updated list of evacuation zones associated with the Miles Fire:

Level 3 "Go":

Trail: Elk Creek Road, 8800-block and above; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses.

Level 2 "Be Set":

Trail: Elk Creek Road, 5700-block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, upper section (uninhabited).

Level 1 “Be Ready”:

Trail: Highway 62, 26300 through the 31600-block (odd numbers only); Elk Creek Road, from Highway 62 through the 1600-block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, 200-block; the uninhabited area west of West Branch Elk Creek Road, including Morine Creek Road, Buck Rock, and the upper Lewis Creek drainage; Takelma Drive, all addresses; Cole M. Rivers Road, all addresses; north side of Lost Creek Lake (uninhabited, accessed by Takelma Drive).

Prospect: Lewis Road, all addresses; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road, all addresses; Shelly Lane, all addresses; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses.

RELATED | Sugar Pine Fire combined with others, now burning more than 20,000 acres

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Closures:

All portions of the Forest west of Forest Roads 68 near the northern boundary and all of 6640 are closed.

The Huckleberry Mountain camping area is open. Roads in that vicinity are open, with the exception of the 700 Road that is blocked by firefighting equipment. Forest Roads 6610 and 6620 are closed at the southern boundary of the Rogue River- Siskiyou National Forest. The 6640 Road is closed between the 6600 Road and 6800 Road. The western portion of Forest Road 6600 is closed near Gravel Butte.

Klondike Fire (9 Miles NW Selma, Or.): 117,458 acres, 51% Contained

UPDATE: Sept. 19th 12:00 p.m.

As of today, the total size of the Klondike Fire is 142,421 acres, and is 72% contained.

Firefighters continue to focus on mopping up, and road graders continue repair work on the roads south and west of the fire perimeter.

Until substantial rainfall happens, interior pockets of unburned fuel within the Klondike Fire will continue to smolder, producing smoke.

Bear Camp Road (23 Rd) is now open. Drivers are cautioned to move through the area slowly, as there is still heavy fire traffic on this narrow, windy road. All other closures remain in effect.

The evacuation status in the Agness area has been downgraded to Level 1, which means "be ready" for potential evacuation.

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UPDATE: Sept. 6th, 1:00 p.m.

Hot, dry weather continued Wednesday, and active winds from the south and west pushed smoke north toward Agness. The west side of the fire was active east of Game Lake but helicopters worked the area in the morning before heavy smoke moved in. Upper level winds are forecast to shift from southwest in the morning to west-southwest in the afternoon. Firing operations are planned on the western side between Game Lake Peak and Saddle Mountain and the Indigo Prairie area west of Fish Hook Peak.

Current Evacuation: Level 2 "Be Set" for Agness zone

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UPDATE: Sept. 4th, 1:00 p.m.

Community Meeting: Wednesday, September 5 beginning at 5:00 P.M. at the Agness Community Library.

Existing evacuations are still in effect. Forest Road 3313 (Quosatana Creek Road) is under a temporary closure order.

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UPDATE: Sept. 3rd, 10:00 a.m.

A Red Flag Warning will remain in effect until 11 a.m. today, Monday. Conditions favorable for high fire activity will continue at least through mid-week. Crews will continue to reduce fuels available to the fire. No tactical firing operations will be started until weather conditions are favorable.

Current Evacuation: Level 2 "Be Set" for Agness zone

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UPDATE 8/29 3:00 p.m.

Community Meeting: Thursday, Aug. 30th, at 5 p.m. at Agness Community Library, 3905 Cougar Ln, OR

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UPDATE 8/27 3:00 p.m.

Evacuation downgrade: sections of Illinois River Road that were previously on a Level 3 “GO” status and a Level 2 “BE SET” status down to a Level 1 “BE READY”. This will be for the residences above milepost 2.5 on Illinois River Road through Oak Flat.

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UPDATE 8/27 11:45 a.m.

Agness residents in the Agness Zone have been put on a Level 2 Evacuation Closure, according to the Curry County Sheriff's Office, due to the fire location and progression reaching the Management Evaluation Pont of Sliver Peak Ridge Trail.

Evacuations are starting on the south side of the Rogue River along the Agness Road #33 at Spud Road and those residents on Spud Road just west of the Illinois River Bridge and east to the Coon Rock Bridge that crosses the Rogue River just above Agness. Down river on the north side of the Rogue River from junction #33 to the #375 road into Old Agness and all residences along the #375 road. All residents along Oak Flat Road #270 will be notified of the Level 2 Closure.

East of the Coon Rock Bridge where the #33 Road meets the #375 Road will remain a Level 1 at this time. The area west of Spud Road off the #33 Road to Wildhorse will remain Level 1 at this time.

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CORRECTION: Not all of Illinois River Road had been previously put on a Level 3 “GO” notice. The downgrade from a Level 3 “GO” now evacuation to a Level 2 “BE SET” is for the residences above milepost 2.5 on Illinois River Road to and including McCaleb Ranch.

Original: Josephine County Sheriffi's Office is downgrading evacuations from a Levele 3 "GO" to a Level 2 "BE SET" for the Illinois River Road from Hwy 199 up to, and including, McMaleb Ranch, due to progress made on the Klondike wildfire.

The section from McCaleb Ranch through Oak Flat will remain on Level 3 "GO" notice.

Community Meetings:

Public meeting August 26 – 3 p.m. at the Agness Community Library 3905 Cougar Lane, Agness, OR

UPDATE 8/16 9:00 a.m.

Due to the Klondike Fire currently moving slowly to the south and increased firefighting activities, including burn out operations, residents may be seeing an increase in smoke and fire behavior. Also, due to predicted changes in the weather, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is placing all residences on the west side of US Hwy 199 between 8 Dollar Mtn Road and the Oregon/California border on a LEVEL 1 “BE READY” evacuation notice. This includes West 6th Street, Finch Road, Waldamar Road, Westside Road, W River Street, W Lister Street, W Watkins Street, Illinois River State Park, Burch Drive, Airport Drive, Lone Mtn Road, Arrowhead Drive, Dwight Creek Road and all secondary roads off of these main roads.

Planned burn out operations will take place along established containment lines that parallel US Hwy 199. The planned burn out operations, if needed, will move AWAY from the Illinois Valley creating a wide buffer/containment zone. As these planned burn out operations occur, they may be visible to the residents of Kerby, Cave Junction and O’Brien. These operations may occur during the day or night and can vary in intensity, but are closely monitored by firefighters on the ground.

UPDATE 8/3 3:30 p.m.

A level 3 "GO" evacuation has been put in place for residences above milepost 2.5 on Illinois River Road.

It is due to the fire behavior and planned firefighting operations, including burn operations.

Evacuations

Level 3 - Oak Flat at the end of Illinois River Road.

Level 2 - Illinois River Road from mile post 2.5 to Oak Flat.

Level 1 - the residences west of Hwy 199 between the intersection of Hwy 199 and Lakeshore Drive north to Waters Creek Road.

This Level 1 notice also encompasses Hogue Drive, Norman Road, Illinois River Road, Squaw Mtn Road, Clear Creek Drive, Hidden Creek Road, Circle W Drive, Onion Mtn Road, Butcherknife Road, Slate Creek Road and all secondary roads connected with these road systems.

Closures

  • Forest Service Road (FSR 4103) from forest boundary to its terminus at Illinois River trailhead.
  • Forest Service Road (FSR 4105) in its entirety.
  • Forest Service Road (FSR 2512) from FSR 2402 junction to its terminus at York Butte trailhead.
  • Forest Service Road (FSR 2402-676) from York Butte to junction with 4105.


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