Firefighters tackle Klondike Fire

SELMA, Ore. — The Klondike Fire, which merged with the Taylor Creek Fire earlier this week is still burning strong at over 59,000 acres.

Although the two fires share a perimeter, they are being handled differently by firefighters.

With many evacuations lifted in the areas of the Taylor Creek Fire, the Southern flank of the Klondike Fire is a cause for concern to firefighters. That’s where communities like Wilderville, Wonder, Selma, and others are being threatened.

Tonight, firefighters are working hard to set up a stable control line in the area.

“There isn’t an established containment line, but they’re working. That is their priority right now, to establish that containment line on the southern portion of the fire,” said Hallie Rasmussan, Public Information Officer for the Klondike Fire.

Rasmussan says there’s another control line from the Eastern part of the Taylor Creek Fire down to the Klondike Fire that is, so far, holding up well.

Amanda Rose is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. Amanda graduated from Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in literature from the University of British Columbia. She’s a Los Angeles native, but is thrilled to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is passionate about reporting on the criminal justice system.

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