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Klondike Fire explodes, threatens homes in southern Oregon

Mandatory evacuations are in place.

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 7:33 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2018 7:52 PM

AGNESS, Ore. — Hot, dry summer-like conditions caused the Klondike Fire to quickly spread west over the weekend. The fire crossed established perimeter lines and is now burning in new territory and threatening over 40 structures.

This prompted Governor Brown to declare a conflagration. This means more resources will now be available suppress the flare up and protect any structures should the fire continue to head that their direction.

The wind died down Monday but the dry conditions and daily temperatures in the 80s are expected to continue.

Overnight, embers from the Klondike Fire fell in the Agness base camp. Now, many of the fire personnel that had been stationed at that location are relocating to the Curry County Fairgrounds.

This doesn't, however, mean a reduction in resources. Instead, more resources are being added to the suppression efforts.

Task force leader Chad Minter explained what makes this season so unusual. "Usually fire season you know really gets going in July," he detailed. "And usually if it starts early it ends early. This year it started really early, really late June and now it's obviously still going October 15th which is very rare."

Crews are hoping the diminished wind will work in their favor as they try to contain the new growth.

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