CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The Alaska Incident Management Team held a meeting in Cave Junction Monday evening to update residents on the Klondike and Taylor Creek fire as well as inform them on their top priorities.
The meeting focused on many important things including weather. Incident Meteorologist Jeremy Michael says fire crews will see improved weather conditions on Wednesday, a day he calls”transition day.”
Fire crews will see lighter winds, cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels. With higher humidity brings more moisture in the air. Moisture is good when it comes to fighting fires because it makes plants less dry and less likely to catch fire.
Russ Long with the Alaska Incident Management Team says Wednesday will be a pivotal point in fighting the fires.
“We get more of an advantage when we have higher humidity, reduced fire behavior, the fuels and the terrain remain the same but with that reduced fire behavior and weather, it gives us a fighting chance to get in there and really do the things we need to do,” Long said.
The improved weather conditions are expected to last until the end of the week.
The Taylor Creek fire is more than 52,000 acres and 79 percent contained. The Klondike fire is more than 72,000 acres and 28 percent contained.
Blakely McHugh is a weather forecaster and reporter for NBC5 News. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Blakely is a native of San Diego, CA.
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